Once you have learned to ask questions - relevant and appropriate and substantial questions - you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning what ever you want or need to know.
This LibGuide will help you through the process of research for your 600 to 950-word essay.
1. Define Topic: What do you know? Verify with Background Info.
2. Devise Strategy: What do you want to find out? List keywords.
3. Search Sources: Look at Books, Articles, web sites, etc.
EVALUATE what you're doing: Change your keywords/database; Are you finding appropriate items? Relevancy is the key.
Five (5) multi-paragraph essays, generated by ideas engendered in The World of Ideas. All essays will be typed and double spaced. (600 to 950 words each). All essays will include primary and secondary documentation employing the MLA format.
Essay# Topic Required Sources
Essay One Wealth & Poverty text plus one secondary source
Essay Two Ethics & Morality text plus minimum of two sources
Essay Three Mind text plus two or more sources
Essay Four Gender & Culture text plus three or more sources
Essay Five Government text plus three or more sources
Choose your favorite question and/or issue based on the readings of Carnegie, Galbraith, Marx, Reich. For example, here are eight (8) questions to ponder about Carnegie's The Gospel of Wealth:
What do you see as the problem of wealth in this age?
What were the conditions of production in the age prior to Carnegie's? (para. 3)?
What was wrong with the products of the age prior to Carnegie's?
What is the law of competition? Is it still at work today? Is it a law?
Is conformity an important issue for Carnegie? Is he for or against it?
How great are the inequalities of wealth in this country today?
Why does Carnegie take a hard line on charity? What is view on charity today?
In paragraph 7, Carnegie refers to the "highest existing type of man." Who do you think he is referring to? Who would mean if you used that term?
A minimum of four (4) credible sources are required. No Wikipedia please. The preferred sources are:
a scholarly journal article
a current article
a primary source (your textbook is OK)
They must be cited on a Works Cited page using MLA format.
Buena suerte (good luck)
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John Kenneth Galbraith (born 1908) was a leading scholar of the American Institutionalist school and arguably the most famous economist in the post World War II world. His views were a stinging indictment of the modern materialistic society that championed personal achievement and material well-being over public interest and needs. In spite of these views, he served as an advisor in both the American and Canadian governments from the 1930s onward.