The following guidelines for presenting your research findings on the role of social media in your field take as their starting point the outline in the “Creating a Framework” reading. In addition to writing for our CRIT 502 community of practice, you will also be writing for a hypothetical external audience. Your readers are people who have the same critical inquiry question that you do. They are at the same stage of academic and professional development that you are and have similar goals. They are looking for credible information to answer their critical inquiry question, but they want the information to be evaluated by someone who understands where they are coming from. We recommend that you type your post in a Word document, then paste it into the discussion forum. It should be a separate document from your annotated bibliography. Subject Line – Create a subject line for your post that will be engaging enough to pull your readers in while at the same time provide an accurate representation of the content. Introduction – Write a brief introduction that provides the purpose of your post and a little about you so that your readers will have the contextual information they need to understand and interpret what they’re about to read. Your critical inquiry question must be included, or your readers won’t know what question your research findings is supposed to be answering! Body of Post – The body of your post should answer the following questions: What current trends can you identify in the topics being discussed on social media related to my field? Of these current trends, which are the most relevant for someone at my stage of academic and professional development? Of these current trends, which are most relevant for the role you aspire to play in your field? What information and insights has my research into social media in my field provided for my critical inquiry question? In addition to giving useful information to your readers, think about how you can present your research findings and analysis in a way that is engaging and easy to understand. How can you organize the presentation of your research findings to provide your readers with a good flow of information, analysis, and conclusions? Are there headings you could use? Are there images or graphics you could include to represent or illustrate the key points of your findings? Citation Section – If you summarize, paraphrase, or quote any information or ideas from your sources, be sure to cite them using the style guide for your field of study. Using appropriate citations will demonstrate your credibility and personal integrity to your readers and provide them with a way to find your sources for additional information. Any images also should be attributed to their sources. (Look for the praying mantis on the following LibGuide for an example of how to attribute an image for a presentation: Image Citation Guide). Annotated Bibliography Attachment – Attach your annotated bibliography document to your discussion post with the following sections completed: Introduction, Professional Organizations, and Social Media. Your annotated bibliography will provide your readers with a different perspective than your discussion post. The annotated bibliography will identify, describe, and evaluate social media as information resources. The discussion assignment will discuss the content provided by each resource.
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