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English Capstone: Day 2: Scholarly Conversation

What does this mean?

When we say "Scholarship is a Conversation" we really mean "Scholarship is kinda like a conversation". What does this mean? Let's break it down:

  • A simgle work or article is probably not "right"- it probably doesn't represent the only or even the majority opinion
  • A single work or article is best understood within the context of other articles
  • Some works are referenced frequently and are seen as foundational
  • There are many conversations happening at once, they often borrow and relate to one another
  • With good listening skills and patience you can join in

Time to reflect

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How is knowledge constructed in my field?
  • Scholarly peer-reviewed articles are a highly mediated form of conversation. How does this compare to what scholars are saying in less-mediated outlets?
  • How do these articles relate to one another? To what extent are they in the same 'conversation'

Questions to ask yourself while reading

  • What is this author saying?
  • What are they reacting to?
  • Where should I go to get the next piece of the puzzle?
  • How does this relate to other sources I've read?
  • How does this relate to my research

Research 101 Video from University of Washington

Dos and don'ts

As a group, we'll work to check what we think we should and shouldn't do while researching!