Monthly Archives: April 2017

Project 2, APA Resources and Other Reminders

Even though we’ve gone over these resources extensively during class and there are links on the syllabus, I wanted to provide plenty of coverage of APA resources that you will need to read, follow, and apply to your second major project.

Purdue OWL APA Guide

Purdue OWL APA Sample Paper

Other things to remember:

Your research paper should address these four points as part of your discussion: history of the term, debates about the term, the meaning of the term, and uses/examples of the term.

Your conclusion should not simply repeat what you have already presented to the reader. Instead, use the conclusion to answer the question: so what? These are some questions that might help you focus your response to “so what”: Why is this research important to understanding the term? What present or future directions do you see based on your research? How might the field change in relation to the topic that you have research? Why is this topic important?

Project 2, Writing

To begin class, write a quick memo about what few great insights you have learned from your research. The body of your memo should be no more than six sentences long and it should not include any quotes or paraphrasing. It should be in your own words. However, you can mention where the things that you have learned come from. For example, “I learned about the creation of the Macintosh computer in Steven Levy’s book titled Insanely Great.” You’ll have 20 minutes to write this memo and then post it as a comment to this blog post. Afterwards, we will discuss the overall layout of your research paper and give you the remaining time to begin writing it. Remember to use APA formatting as detailed on the Purdue OWL APA site. We will follow their example paper for overall layout, and of course, cite and reference everything quoted or paraphrased in your essay.

SGA Professionalization Events

City Tech’s Student Government Association is holding several professionalization events. I would encourage you all to attend as many of these as possible. If you would like to earn extra credit, you may write a 250-word memo outlining what learned from one event. Email your memo to me as a Word docx file to earn the extra credit.


My name is Josue Kersaint, I am the Student Government Part-time/Evening Student Representative. On behalf of Student Government, I would like to invite you all to participate and inform your students about our Professional Week from April 24th to April 28th.

The week’s events include:

04/24 Professional Dress workshop 6pm-8pm Amphitheater

Students will be advised on the DOs and DON’Ts of Professional attire and the differences among the various ways of dressing.

04/25 ResumĂ© Building and Interview skills workshop 1pm – 3pm Amphitheater

Students will be given pointers on how their resumé should look, how to tailor it for each position to which they apply, how to prepare for interviews, how to successfully and confidently answers questions.

04/26 Budgeting for students workshop 3:30pm – 5:30pm N119

Students will be introduced to methods to budget their funds, how to avoid debt, and how to effectively utilize credit.

04/27 Panel Discussion 12:45pm – 2:15pm Namm and Voorhees cafeteria

Panelists, consisting of faculty, staff or leaders in their field of study, will discuss their career journey, and answer questions geared towards sparking inspiration in students.

04/28 Networking Mixer 5pm – 8pm N119

Students, Faculty and staff will be able to mingle together, Students can expand their professional network, and possible mentor-mentee relationships formed.

City Tech Employees who are interested in participating or have any questions please email me at

Thank You,

Josue Kersaint
Part-Time/Evening Student Rep.
Student Government Association
New York City College of Technology

Project 2, Research Logbook Update Two

Again, use the databases and library catalog to locate potential sources for your research paper. Record bibliographic information from those sources. Quote material in quotation marks followed by a parenthetical citation. Keep track of your search keywords in a separate list at the end of your logbook. If you need to go to the library during class you may do so after checking in with Professor Ellis. At the end of class, copy-and-paste your entire logbook into a comment made to this blog post.

Project 2, Research Logbook Update

Before the end of class, copy-and-paste your research logbook into a comment made to this blog post. Books that you might find useful also have to be entered into your logbook along with any quotes that you type up from the book resource. Remember to reformat your bibliographic data as an APA Reference entry, and include a parenthetical citation for all material quoted from a text.

We will continue your research during Thursday’s class as well. If you need to visit the library during class, you may do so only after talking with Professor Ellis at the beginning of class.