EDUC 6125 Discussion 1 Evaluating Technology Tools for Research

Many software tools have been developed that are intended to streamline the research process, or enable you to quickly compile your sources into a stylized reference list. For this Discussion, you will explore one of these technology tools and evaluate its application and usefulness to conducting research or completing a literature review.

To prepare for this Discussion, select and explore at least one of the software or Web 2.0 tools listed in the Optional Resources. If there is a free trial version available, download it and spend a little time using the tool. Pay particular attention to its features and its ease of use.

EDUC 6125 Discussion Evaluating a Resource

As you learned from this week’s resources, there are many academic, library, and Internet databases you can use to search for resources related to your research topic. The resources also suggest a process for searching and criteria for screening the resources you find. In this Discussion, you will share ideas about how to develop your own process and criteria that takes into consideration your final goal: finding the most relevant resources that will help you to complete you literature review and address your research questions.

Political Science Question

Write a reaction paper that critically responds to an argument, methodological issue, and/or empirical finding of relevance in the readings on the syllabus. You are encouraged to incorporate additional readings not included on the syllabus into your reaction papers. Each paper should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font and 1-inch margins. On separate pages, the paper should begin with a title page and end with a list of references (using any standard formatting); the paper should be carefully proofread and paginated.

POLS 6100 Week 5 Congress

The Constitution gives most of the power and authority of government to Congress, but over the last 200+ years Congress has delegated much of that power to the president. Still, Congress remains the branch responsible for passing legislation, setting the government’s budget, and overseeing the executive branch. This week’s chapter from the textbook gives an overview of how Congress works, including a section on how a bill becomes a law. (If you want the nostalgic cartoon version you can watch it here.) Mayhew provides a vital discussion of what motivates members of Congress, and Fenno examines how Congress members interact with their constituents. Lee discusses how polarization influences congressional parties’ approach to the legislative process, and Sinclair discusses how the actual business of lawmaking differs from the “official” description given in the textbook. The optional textbook chapter covers interest groups; we don’t have a week on lobbying this summer but groups primarily interact with Congress so reading it this week would be appropriate.