For today’s beginning of class writing, you will write a memo that provides a colleague with background resources relevant to the article that you read for today’s class. Its purpose is to help them learn about the people, company, and keywords found in the article. You will gain some additional experience working with APA and using library research tools.
Before you begin, scan your article and circle keywords (terminology and technical terms), company names, and the names of people referenced in the article. Your article might have examples from all of these categories, or it might only have one or two. All articles will have keywords.
Next, begin a new memo following this format:
TO: [Write the name of someone sitting next to you]
FROM: [Your name]
SUBJECT: Background Research Memo
One sentence description of this memo’s purpose in your own words.
One sentence summary of the article–incorporate in the sentence or in parenthesis the article’s title, author, and magazine.
APA citation for your magazine article using this format: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.
An example: Henry, W. A., III. (1990, April 9). Making the grade in today’s schools. Time, 135, 28-31.
One sentence explaining that the following three links provide background reading for better understanding the article above.
[Use the Infotrac Newsstand through the Library’s website to search for articles based on three things you circled in your article. I would recommend using one circled word for each citation below. When you find an article, click on the title and then click on citation tools on the right, choose APA and copy-and-paste the citation below.]
APA citation for one article.
APA citation for second article.
APA citation for third article.