Reading the Discipline

Objectives of the Assignment:

Locating your Interest

The assignment requires that you locate an area of research interest where you want to concentrate your reading. Don't know what you want to do when you grow up? Don't worry, neither do we. There are three possibilities to do the assignment. First, you do know what you are interested in and what you want to study. Fine. Go directly to the next section. Second, you have something that you kinda think you are interested in, but you aren't sure. Doesn't bother us. Pursue it. We are more interested in teaching you the underlying process here which you can certainly repeat if your interests change. Third, you have no earthly idea what you are most interested in. Well, in that case just take some subject that will help you in one of your graduate classes and pursue it for the assignment.

Questions to answer

Develop the following information. In making selections, consult faculty, other graduate students, librarians, or whomever else may help.

Written Assignment

Write a plan (no more than 1000 words) for keeping yourself current on research developments in your field of research. Your answer should reflect and justify your judgement on what sorts of resources (books, journals, edited collections, other outlets) are the most important outlets in your field of interest; your findings on how to access important work in these resources; and a sense for how you will set priorities within this "maintenance reading." Your plan will be judged on its realistic approach to the problem of reading priorities. Be certain to provide substantive rather than ad populum justifications for your choices.

Attach in briefer form (succinctly stated answers and single paragraph justifications) answers to the following:

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