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Unformatted text preview: Info on the Poster Assignment In sections on Feb 9 and Feb 11, we’ll talk about poster topics and logistics. Posters will then be presented in sections on March 2 and 4, and March 9 and 11. You will: 1. Get a topic to research. Typically a “what’s the difference between…” question. 2. Research it. Research the things you’re comparing, and identify what you take to be the two or three most potentially morally relevant points of similarity and/or difference between the things you’re comparing. (Alternatively, you could identify some important distinctions within the categories that you’re comparing.) 3. Construct a poster that explains, as clearly as possible, the similarities/differences/facts you’ve researched. 4. On the day when you’re presenting, bring the poster to class. You’ll spend the class (or some portion of it) standing next to your poster, talking to your classmates as they go around to the different posters, telling them about what you learned in your research and answering their questions. 5. When you’re not presenting your poster, go around to other students’ posters, see what they’ve learned, and ask them about their research. You’ll have a questionnaire to fill out about the other presenters’ posters and research. 6. You’ll submit to your TA, in addition to your poster, an annotated bibliography. Details below. Your poster should:  ­ Clearly convey to your audience the information that you’ve discovered in your research.  ­ Clearly display the sources of your information. Posters should also:  ­ Include (the equivalent of) at least two single ­spaced pages worth of text. (Probably distributed across the poster, as small text boxes, explanatory captions for graphics, etc.)  ­ Include at least two charts, graphs, or illustrations.  ­ Cite at least six sources. o One source must be a government site or publication. o One source must be from a newspaper or magazine not affiliated with an interested corporation, lobbying or activist group, etc. o One must be from a scholarly publication. (Scientific journal, etc.) o Two sources must be from groups with competing advocacy interests. o (In rare cases, it may not be possible to find sources satisfying these breadth requirements. If that proves to be the case, contact your TA to make alternate arrangements.) Your bibliography should: • Cite your sources in standard, MLA format. For details of the citation format, see (for example – there are lots of such resources on the web): http://library.osu.edu/help/research ­strategies/cite ­references/mla • Assess the quality and reliability of your sources. For each source, answer the following questions: o Does the publication, website, etc. have an advocacy agenda? If so, what is it, exactly? What impact does that have, if any, on your assessment of the authority or reliability of the source? Does the author of the piece have an advocacy agenda? If so, what is it, exactly? What impact does that have, if any, on your assessment of the authority or reliability of the source? Is the information you’re taking from this source verifiable by other means? How would you check on its accuracy? FOR AT LEAST TWO SOURCES – Do the relevant verification. What did you do to check on the information, and what did you find? o o You are strongly encouraged to: (a) get started early, and (b) consult with the librarians at RU libraries about research ideas. (Where to look for relevant information, etc.) RU librarian Tom Izbicki knows about this assignment, and has suggested some resources which I’ll make available on the Sakai site. You should also feel free to contact him for assistance, at [email protected] The librarians at the Library of Science and Medicine on the Busch campus are also good people to contact about the scientific side of the research. It’s okay do to either a cut ­and ­paste poster where you physically attach your graphics, etc. to a piece of posterboard, or to generate your poster on a computer and print it to a large sheet of paper. (If you go the second, computer ­generated route, you should either have it laminated or mount it on something more solid.) Posters will be presented in sections on March 2, March 4, March 9, and March 11. ...
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