Paper Details Format: double-spaced; 12 point font; 1 inch margins Length: 1000-1250 words (total)
The paper assignment asks you to explore a current issue or event in a Latin American country or region. Please do Colombia and the current issue on drug trade and smuggling and how much of a crisis it is in Latin America and America. MUST HAVE A THESIS AND SUPPORT THE THESIS
|Academic Level :||College||Subject :||latin|
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- Choose a Latin American country or region, (or Puerto Rico, which is part of the U.S. but located in Latin America) that is of particular interest to you.
- Read the sources below that provide guidelines for finding reliable information online. This assignment provides an opportunity to work on developing information literacy skills that allow us to evaluate the reliability of evidence, because studying history involves analyzing historical evidence and using it to try to understand why and how things change over time. In addition, there is a great deal of unreliable and false content on social media and elsewhere on line, so it is increasingly important that we can evaluate the accuracy of information we find online.
- Do some internet research to find reliable online sources about current issues in your chosen country/place/region in Latin America. Please a regular internet search engine (rather than a library database) so that you are developing skills to find reliable information online on the general internet.
- Choose a current or recent issue or event in that country/place, and find at least five reliable, academically appropriate internet sources that provide valuable information about this issue or event. Provide annotations of about 50 words each for these internet sources in the Works Cited/Bibliography that answer the following question: What about the source indicates that it is reliable and academically appropriate (according to the guidelines provided below)?
- Write an essay of about 750-1000 words that discusses what you learned about the issue. Feel free to supplement the five internet sources as needed with historical material from Born in Blood and Fire and Problems in Modern Latin American History.
So your paper will consist of two parts: an essay of 750-1000 words about your topic/place. an annotated bibliography that provides 50-word annotations for each of the 5 sources that explain why the source is reliable, according to the guidelines provided in the list of sources below. This website from Cornell University shows examples of what an annotated bibliography looks like: https://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography
- Georgetown University, “Evaluating Internet Resources.” https://www.library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet-content
- “Breaking News Consumers’ Handbook: Fake News Edition.” On the Media. November 16, 2016. http://www.wnyc.org/story/breaking-news-consumer-handbook-fake-news-edition/
- “Beyond Fake News – 10 Types of Misleading News – Sixteen Languages.” EAVI – the European Association for Viewers Interests. https://eavi.eu/beyond-fake-news-10-types-misleading-info/. Beyond Fake News EAVI.pdf (a useful infographic is available on this website and it is also attached; the link is at the top of this page.)
- Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson, “How to Spot Fake News.” Factcheck.org. November 18, 2016 https://www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/.
- Davis, Wynne. “Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts.” National Public Radio. December 5, 2016. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts
- This guide discusses information sources more generally: Cornell University Library, “Critically Analyzing Information Sources: Critical Appraisal andAnalysis.” http://guides.library.cornell.edu/criticallyanalyzing Sites such as Answers.com or Wikipedia.com are not acceptable academic sources. History.com and other commercial websites are not academically appropriate.
The purpose of History.com is primarily entertainment. The material there may or may not be accurate or peer-reviewed: we don’t know because the site doesn’t tell us who the authors or editors are, or what sources are used. The internet is ever-changing, so there is no one-size-fits-all rule. If you are uncertain about a source’s reliability and academic value, feel free to ask me.
Citation Requirements and Plagiarism Policy
- All direct quotations must be surrounded by “quotation marks.”
- All evidence, whether directly quoted or paraphrased must be followed by an MLA-style parenthetical citation, like this: (Chasteen 103), or a Chicago/Turabian style footnote. (See below.) (APA style is okay too.)
- Provide a Works Cited page for MLA style or Bibliography page (for Chicago/Turabian footnote style) that lists your sources, with annotations, as described above, for your internet sources. The bibliographical information for each internet source should include the following: the author or organization (if available) the title of the article (if available) the website or publication title date of publication (if available) date of access If it’s a website, the date last modified (if available) URL.