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Chris Schott

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4.18.10 Patchwork Plagiarsim When dealing with multiple sources
it can be easy to inadvertently pull
and combine information, creating
a "Frankenpaper."

Be wary of how you are using your
sources, be sure to be clear where
and when you are using information
from your sources. Source #1 "Despite the strong public opposition, the Reagan administration continued to install so many North American men, supplies, and facilities in Honduras that one expert called it "the USS Honduras, a [stationary] aircraft carrier of sorts." (Walter LaFeber, Inevitable Revolutions (New York, 1989), 309.) Source #2 "By December 1981, American agents--some CIA, some U.S. Special Forces--were working through Argentine intermediaries to set up contra safe houses, training centres, and base camps along the Nicaraguan-Honduran border." (Peter Kornbluh, "Nicaragua," in Michael Klare (ed), Low Intensity Warfare (New York, 1983), 139.) Patchwork Despite strong public opposition, by December 1981 the Reagan Administration was working through Argentine intermediaries to install contra safe houses, training centres, and base camps in Honduras. One expert called Honduras "the USS Honduras, a stationary aircraft carrier of sorts." Acceptable In the early 1980s, the Reagan Administration made increasing use of Honduras as a base for the contra war. The Administration set up a number of military and training facilities--some American, some contra, and some housing Argentine mercenaries--along the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. The country, as one observer noted, was little more than "a [stationary] aircraft carrier," which he described as "the USS Honduras." Why, besides the obivous reasons, is this bad? Because it does not allow the writer to
synthesize the information from their
sources. Wait a minute, what does it mean to synthesize? To synthesize means to search for and create links between materials for the purpose of constructing a thesis or theory. It means going deeper than merely presenting your
sources--it means actively engaging with them in a
a way that creates your own original argument. By committing patchwork plagiarism,
you cannot properly or meaningfully
synthesize information for your own
purposes. Fo sho. Agenda Portfolio Freewrite #3
Patchwork Plagiarism
I-Search Pt. 1/Portfolio Trends
I-Search Pt. 2
What's coming up? Portfolio Freewrite #3 Apart from this class, what role has writing played
in your courses in college. What kinds of essays
and assignments have you been asked to write?
In your opinion, do your professors value writing
in their courses? Greatest Hits I-Search Part One Portfolio Trends What's Coming Up? For Wednesday: Moore “Finding the Voices of Others Without Losing Your Own” ...on MyGateway
Sign up for conferences
DRAFT: I-Search Part Two Due by 5pm (email) For Monday: 1. Prepare a 5 minute informal talk about your I-Search
-What's your project about?
-What have you found?
-What problems have you had?
2. Reading (Kantz)
3. Reading Response [THE LAST ONE!] Part II: The Search (2-3 pages) DUE 4/21 by 5pm

Test your knowledge, assumptions or conjectures [that you wrote about in part one] by researching your topic thoroughly. You will conduct two types of research: primary and secondary. Primary research is information that you are generating through active participation. For example, you can go to a tattoo shop and ask to interview one of the tattoo artists. Because you have generated the questions and have asked them directly to a professional in the field, the answers you get serve as primary research. You may also choose to conduct surveys. Perhaps you want to know what the public thinks about the tattoo profession. Generate a survey and pass it out to a number of non-tattoo industry people. The results you get back serve as primary research. Secondary research is information that comes from outside sources. Consult useful books, magazines, newspapers, films, and library databases for information. Remember to cater the secondary research to your own research questions—remember, not all sources are good sources, you must evaluate them carefully if you are to use them effectively.

There are two things to note here:

1. Remember, you are not merely writing about the information you gained from these sources, you are writing about your experiences in searching them out. Write about your process in getting your primary sources. Who/what did you contact/consult? Why were they of interest to you? The last section of the paper, "What I discovered," will be more about WHAT you found. This section is more about HOW you found it.

2. Because this is a draft, you may not have all your sources finalized yet (in fact, I don't expect you to have them all--but do have some). If this is the case, write about those sources you do have, but also write about those you believe will be helpful--the ones you plan on consulting. Remember, if you write about what you plan on doing, you will need to change this section of the paper to fit the assignment instructions for the final draft. However, this will be a good and appropriate way to approach the draft if you must.

As always, email me if you have questions. Review Discussed patchwork plagiarism and
the idea of synthesizing information. Be careful as you write your I-Search Showcased various successes with
the I-Search and the Portfolio projects. Hopefully prepared you to write and turn in
your I-Search Part Two. Email me if you have
questions/concerns. Buh-Bye. [www.garfieldminusgarfield.net]
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