Week 8: Library Visit and Individual Conferences

Next week we will take a short break from our normal classroom activities for two special events:

  • On Monday, we will hold our class session at the Scarborough-Phillips Library, where one of the university’s librarians will introduce you to the library collection and show you how to use online databases in your research. Please do not go to our normal classroom on Monday; instead, we will meet inside the entrance of the library promptly at 1:00 p.m. Come ready to ask any questions you have about conducting research and using the library’s resources.
  • Our class session on Wednesday will be replaced by individual conferences with me. By early next week, you should have a solid thesis statement for your controlled research paper. I would like to meet with each one of you for 15 minutes to discuss your thesis and the rough outline for your paper. To accommodate your schedules, I have created time slots on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Attending your individual conference will count as your attendance for Wednesday’s class session. We will not meet as a class that day. (IMPORTANT: This does not mean that the large lecture section is canceled on Wednesday. I expect to see all of you there at 2:00 p.m.) I will circulate a sign-up sheet in class on Friday; please make sure to write down and remember your appointment.
  • We will not hold class on Friday due to Founder’s Day, a St. Edward’s University holiday.

As you can see, next week will be quite different from the norm, but our odd schedule does not mean that this is a week off. You should be making steady progress on your controlled research paper throughout the week. By the end of Week 8, you should have a finalized thesis statement and an outline for your paper. We’ll talk more about these items during your individual conference.

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