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Navigating America: Information Competency and Research for the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

Navigating America: Information Competency and Research for the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by David Moton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900073383704
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 03/10/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 784
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Navigating America: Information Competency and Research for the
21st Century
Table of Contents

I) Preface for Instructors

II) Introduction for Students

Section 1: Researching and Writing

1) Finding a Topic

Understanding the Assignment


Developing a Working Thesis

2) Conducting Traditional Academic Research

Navigating the Library

Library Catalog Searches

Online Periodical Databases

Government Publications

The Internet

Interviews, Surveys, and Field Research

3) Conducting Other Types of Research

The World Wide Web

Print Media and News

Television, Radio, and Broadcast News

4) Evaluating Sources and Reading Critically

Types of Sources

Popular vs. Scholarly: How to Tell the Difference

Evaluating an Author

Evaluating a Periodical

Evaluating a Book

Evaluating an Online Source

Evaluating Content

Active Reading

Finding Main Ideas

Annotating a Text


Double-Column Note Taking

The Rhetorical Précis

5) Understanding Argument and Persuasion

Inductive and Deductive Arguments

Approaches to Argument and Persuasion

Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

The Toulmin Method

The Rogerian Argument

Logical Fallacies

6) Navigating the Writing Process

Learning Styles

The Writing Process


Researching and Note Taking



Revising and Editing

Revision Checklist

Editing Checklist

Know Thyself

7) Organizing the Essay


The Body of the Essay


Visual Paper Structure

Rhetorical Modes of Writing

8) Integrating Sources into Writing

Summary, Synthesis, and Critical Thought

Presenting Information: Summaries, Paraphrases, and Direct Quotations

How to Incorporate Sources into Your Papers

Introducing Your Sources

Analyzing and Interpreting Information from Sources

9) Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Types of Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

Common Knowledge Exceptions

10) Improving Style, Punctuation, and Grammar

Punctuation Pattern Sheet

Twenty-Five Common Punctuation and Grammar Errors to Avoid

Recognizing Independent Clauses

Punctuating Independent Clauses

Common Conjunctions

Recognizing and Punctuating Dependent Clauses and Phrases

Punctuating Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements

Using Commas

Using Semicolons

Using Colons

Using Apostrophes

Using Quotation Marks

Using Dashes

Using End Punctuation

Using Hyphens

Using Ellipsis Marks

Using Parentheses and Brackets

Using the Slash

Making Subjects and Verbs Agree

Using Correct Verb Tenses

Understanding Pronouns

Suggestions for Improving Writing Style

Web Address For Exercises

Section 2: Handbook for Documentation

11) Formatting the MLA Style Paper

MLA Document Guidelines

Sample Student Paper

12) Creating MLA Style Parenthetical Citations

When You Should Use Parenthetical Citations

Placement of Parenthetical Citations

Directory of Sample Parenthetical Citations

13) Preparing the MLA List of Works Cited

Directory of Sample Works Cited Entries

Arrangement of Entries on the Works Cited Page

Works-Cited Entries for Books, Works in Books, and Plays

Periodical Print Publications

Works Cited Entries for Works from Reference Databases

Works Cited Entries for Internet Sources

Works Cited Entries for Other Sources

Annotated Bibliographies

14) Using APA Style

Formatting the APA Style Paper

Creating APA Style Parenthetical Citations

Preparing the List of References

Sample Student Paper

Section 3: Anthology of Readings

15) Introduction to Anthology of Readings

Information Competency and Popular Culture

16) Television

1. Matthew Henry. “The Triumph of Popular Culture: Situation Comedy,

Postmodernism, and The Simpsons.”

2. Richard Huff. “Real or Not, It Doesn’t Matter.”

3. Frank Rose. “The Fast-Forward, On-Demand, Network-Smashing Future of


4. Lynn Spigel. “Entertainment Wars: Television Culture After 9/11.”

A Casebook on 24:

5. Tom Regan. “Does '24' Encourage US Interrogators to 'Torture' Detainees?”

6. Rick Moran. “Stranger than Fiction: Does 24 Inspire Real Life Torture?”

7. Anne-Marie Cusac. “Watching Torture in Prime Time.”

17) Film

1. Jonah Goldberg, Chris Weinkopf, Brandon Bosworth, Josh Larsen, Cristopher

Rapp, Jonathan Last, and Terry Teachout. “Are Movies Art?”

2. Mark Holcomb. “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

3. Burt Helm. “The Godfather Goes Interactive.”

4. Jacqueline Bach. “From Nerds to Napoleons: Thwarting Archetypical

Expectaqtion in High School Films.”

5. Sharyn Pearce. “Sex and the Cinema: What American Pie Teaches the Young.”

6. Kyle Bishop. “Raising the Dead: Unearthing the Nonliterary Origins of Zombie


18) The Internet

1. Kevin Kelly. “Network Economics” from Out of Control: The Biology of

Machines, social Systems, and the Economic World.

2. Susan Keith and Michelle Martin. “Cyber-Bullying: Creating a Culture of

Respect in a Cyber World.”

3. Christian Christensen. “You Tube: The Evolution of Media?”

4. Scott Carlson. “Can Grand Theft Auto Inspire Professors?”

5. Noam Cohen. “A History Department Bans Citing Wikipedia as a Research


6. Nicholas Carr. “The Amorality of Web 2.0”

7. Grace Wong. “Educators Explore ‘Second Life’ Online.”

8. Khue Pham. “Second Life Just Like the First.”

9. Ellen Nakashima “Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web: Law Students Feel

Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks."

19) Advertising

1. Naomi Klein. “New Branded World” from No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand


2. David H. Freedman. “The Future of Advertising is Here.”

3. James B Twitchell. “But First a Word from our Sponsors.”

4. Russ Baker and Kimberly Smith. “Stealth TV: Channel One Delivers News and Advertising to the Classroom.”

5. Manning, Steven. “Students for Sale – How Corporations Are Buying Their Way into America’s Classrooms”

6. David Crary. “Group Wants Shrek off Anti-Obesity Campaign” and Barbara F.

Meltz, “Fighting Obesity but Fronting for Junk Food.”

20) Media Multinationals

1. Robert McChesney. From: Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy.

2. Bill Moyers. “Address to the Third National Conference on Media Reform.”

3. Ben Bagdikian. “Grand Theft: The Conglomeratization of Media and the

Degradation of Culture: (25 Years Of Monitoring The Multinationals).”

4. Edie G. Lush. “Rupert Murdoch’s Cool New Thing (”

5. Johnathan Adalstein. “Statement of Commissioner Jonathan S. Adalstein.”

6. Michael Copps. “Remarks of Commissioner Michael J. Copps: FCC Hearing on

Media Ownership: Los Angeles, California, October 3, 2006.”

21) News Media

1. David Bauder. “War Takes up Less Time on Fox News.”

2. Associated Press. “AP: We Ignored Paris Hilton.” And John Rogers, “US Weekly

Blacks out Hilton Coverage”

3. Thomas Ginsberg, “Rediscovering the World: 9/11 Showed all Too Clearly What

a Terrible Mistake it was for America’s News Media to Largely Ignore Foreign


4. Rachel Smolkin. “What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart.”

5. Edward Murrow. “Address to RTDNA”

6. Andrew Heyward. “Address at RTDNA Awards Dinner.”

22) Corporate America

1. Schlosser, Eric. “The Most Dangerous Job,” From Fast Food Nation.

2. Kalle Lasn, “The Unofficial History of America™” from Culture Jam

3. Joel Bakan, “Business as Usual” from The Corporation: The Pathological

Pursuit of Profit and Power.

4. John DeGraff, David Wann, and Thomas Naylor, “Industrial Diarrhea” from

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic.

5. Michelle Simon, “Junk Food's Health Crusade: How Ronald McDonald Became a

Health Ambassador, and Other Stories.”

6., “Bottom Line: What are the True Costs of Wal-Mart’s Low


7., “Wal-Mart Sets the Record Straight.”

Appendix: List of Commonly Confused Words and Phrases

Appendix or Inside Cover: Common Essay Correction Marks

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