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CSC 803: Module 1

This guide provides students in CSC 803 with access to library content needed in each week of the course.

MODULE 1 Learning Outcomes

You will complete activities in which you:

1.  Learn about how scholarship is a conversation and the ways in which that conversation is shared with others.

2.  Learn about EndNote software to manage the sources (articles, proceedings, books) you collect during your research.

3.  Download EndNote desktop software and set up an account in EndNote Web

4.  Meet the librarian behind this guide and its content.

Module 1: Activity - The Parlor

Read the following paragraph.  Then answer the questions below it. [1]

“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 [her]; 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.” [2]

Questions (click on question for answer):

1. What would happen if you walked into this parlor, marched right into the center of the room and started spouting your ideas?

2. What if you wandered in, heard one person speak, and then left? What would you be able to say about the discussion?

3. How does the Burkean Parlor relate to writing a literature review?


[1] Use of the Burkean Parlor and questions was suggested by Erika Bennett (Reference Librarian, Capella University) on the Information Literacy discussion list of the American Library Association, ILI-L, on 13 February 2009.

 [2]  K. Burke, The philosophy of literary form; studies in symbolic action. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1941, pp. 110-111.



Module 1: Activity - Research Communication (assignment)

Understand how the scholarly conversation unfolds

You were just introduced to the concept of "a scholarly conversation" -- a conversation which a researcher explores while preparing a literature review in order to contribute to the conversation with his or her own research. In this activity, you will learn how the scholarly conversation unfolds.

1. Go to Research Communication.

2. Read the explanation or watch the video explanation of the graphic presented there.

3. Answer these questions.

a. Name 3 information products that come out of formal communication.

b. What is the relationship between a gap in knowledge and a research proposal?

c. Why is abstracting and indexing useful to a researcher?

Module 1: Activity - Download EndNote desktop

Download EndNote software. Instructions:

BACKGROUND: EndNote provides one method for managing all the articles and sources you'll collect for assignments, projects, and your dissertation. In this activity, you are downloading software for future use.

  1. Go to the Library's EndNote guide.
  2. In the EndNote guide, read "EndNote:The Basics"
  3. Go to the "EndNote Desktop -download" tab.
  4. Follow instructions and download EndNote on your computer.

Prepare to use EndNote desktop:

1. Open the EndNote desktop software on your computer.

2. When you open EndNote, you will have the option to "create a new library" or to "open an existing library." As a new user, select "create a new library."

3. If EndNote offers you software updates, go ahead and accept the updates.

  • NOTE: After installing you may be asked to install updates.  Kind of a bother to install these, but it doesn't take too long.

4. You will now be able to use EndNote desktop when it's needed.


Module 1: Activity - Create a Profile in EndNote Web

Create a Profile in EndNote Online (formerly called EndNote Web)

BACKGROUND: EndNote has both a desktop version (which you have already downloaded) and a Web version.  You can use one or the other, or use both and sync them on a regular basis.  In this activity, you are creating an account in EndNote Online for future use.

  1. Go to the Library's EndNote guide.
  2. Select the EndNote Online tab.
  3. Register in order to create an account.

 After you have created an account, you can go directly to EndNote Web and login at:

Module 1: Activity - Meet the Librarian (assignment)

Who is Mary Francis?

The person providing the library activities for CSC803 is Mary Francis, Reference Instruction Librarian.

That's me. I'd like you to feel very comfortable asking me questions about finding research materials.

Remember always, if you need help with your research assignments, DO contact me!

Next Week

Next week...

In Module 2, we will look at what a literature review contains and go over general concepts to understand before conducting research.