Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Step Three: Essay #3

Once you have done steps one and two (posted about the archives, posted about the interviews you read from Terkel, and come up with your research question), you'll begin the process of gathering sources.

For option one, this means choosing the person you'll interview and coming up with research questions. You can see some student posts of interview questions here and here.

For option two, that means selecting two course texts to help answer your question and using databases to find periodical sources (or book chapters) and selection course texts. Then you'll put together an annotated biography. Course texts can include anything we've read or watched over the course of the semester. You can find some examples of student annotated bibliographies here and here, and some guidelines here.
Once you've completed this step, for option one, you'll next conduct the interview. For essay two, you'll begin your draft. Think of the bibliography as a kind of pre-writing that suggests how each text will help answer your question.

Let's say your research question is: What long-term impact does emotional labor have on workers, the workplace and American culture as a whole?

Some preliminary database searches might take you to these three sources.

In the comments, answer the following questions for your source.

1) What *kind* of source are you looking at? Who is its audience?

2) Briefly summarize the source (you should be able to do this without reading the whole thing, at least for the first two).

3) What database do you think this writer used to find this? Why?

4) Do you think it will be a useful source for this writer? Why or why not?
1) http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=11&did=391729811&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1242161905&clientId=13053

2) http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/12/business/when-may-i-help-you-is-a-labor-issue-the-customer-service-assembly-line.html?n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/Subjects/S/Strikes&scp=1&sq=emotional%20labor&st=cse

3) http://tigger.uic.edu/~mastracc/EL.htm


  1. Hi professor sorry I missed class the last two times but I wasn't feeling too well I'll be in this wednesday and I just wanted to let you know I sent you an E-mail of the first essay revised and will give you the second one tomorrow. Also I'm going to post it up on my blog fried chicken and pork fried rice. Hope you can take a look at it and let me know what do you think, thank you.

  2. Hi Ed - Do you have the second essay? Also, please turn in the original version of the first so I can grade your revision. Thanks!