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XIDS 2002: Fandom & Fan Studies (Fall 2018)

Research Guidance for Questionnaire 4

This guide will help you locate and evaluate sources for your Fan Works Project Questionnaire 4. We will complete the activities on this page together during the Library session. The other pages are for your reference.

Feel free to contact me, Andrea, with any questions. Happy researching!

Research as Conversation

"Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending upon the quality of your ally's assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress."

Burke, Kenneth. The Philosophy of Literary Form. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1941. pp. 110-111.

Activity 1: Find a book

Search the UWG Library catalog and locate at least one book relevant to your project. Explain how you determined that the book is relevant. (For example, what clues or qualities did you look at?)

Activity 2: Find an article.

Search in the Library's Multisearch (aka GALILEO Discover) for a source relevant for your research topic. Use keywords and any other helpful search strategies. Locate at least one relevant source. How do you know that it is relevant? (Note specific clues or qualities.)

Activity 3: Locating additional parts of the "conversation."

Reflect on how you can use your selected source to locate additional sources. What elements of the citation or the full text can help you find more sources?

(After class discussion you will test your strategy.)

Final Reflection

  1. Describe one thing you learned today that will be especially helpful for completing your research project.
  2. Write one question about locating or evaluating a scholarly source for your research project.