Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In-Class work for 11/5

1) Complete last weeks' posts about Our Brand is Crisis and Mark Engler's "Latin America in Revolt." Add on some questions you'd like to ask Engler about Latin America and its response to U.S. power. You can read a full description of his book and see more about his writing on his website here

2) If you haven't yet posted it, complete and post your research prewriting. (See part II of assignment handout).

3) Look at some of your colleagues' blogs along the right hand side. Read their entries and leave a comment: ask for clarification, add a follow up question, tell them what else they might look for in their research, etc.

4) Take a look at the 'finding sources' (stage 3) of your research assignment. In addition to the course text, you'll want to start by looking for periodical sources. I'd suggest starting with The Nation, a magazine that does a good job reporting on America's relationship with the world. Go to and search your country, either for recent articles (2003-present) or in the archives. You'll find the full text of recent articles and summaries of older articles. For the older articles, copy or write down the relevant information and search for articles in Lexis-Nexis via the library website. Print articles you think will be useful. Then you can begin to look for related material throught the Lexis/Nexis database. Try to bring in an article or two for next week.

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