Author Archives: Steve Sanchez

Purpose of Citation

Robert Hauptman writes about documentation and its purposes. He also writes about the history of  and how the concept dates back to even the ancient times all the way to the present. He discusses that documentation is meant for six different reasons, that being: acknowledgement, attribution, tracing, validation, protection and commentary. Haputman tells his audience that citations are a way of giving credit to the source that you have used. He argues that “scholars who are experts don’t need to spend time crediting because they are the source, whereas the inexpert needs to credit all their sources.” Its always right to give credit to work you used in your own to show the previous author that you acknowledged them and built upon their ideas.

Learning About Research

Before taking this course i had knowledge of where and how to find information for research purposes. While taking this course i realized how limited i was before taking the course, I learned more ways to find resources such as scholarly work which i always seemed to have trouble finding.  Learning the new tools taught in class has enhanced my ability to conduct better research which would allow me to produce better work. Not only are these tools used for the class they can be useful to me for the future. Badke’s research tips has helped me to be able to narrow down my searches and to be aware of what to do and what not to do.

My Research Path

The topic i choose is very broad and it can be narrowed down to different subtopics. I don’t expect  many difficulties in the continuation of my research. What concerns me as of now is how to narrow down my topic and which path to choose. I expect to find more articles about my topic as well as media coverage. Putting together all of my research will be rather challenging and how to express all that information into a 6-8 page paper. In my opinion my topic would cover more than the required pages but my objective is to find many opinions on the topic as well as many articles to try to compare them to answer my research question in full detail.

Search Engines make life easier

In these modern times, society utilizes the internet. As a result, much information is being stored on the internet. There are vast documents that exist that without a “search engine,” it would most troublesome to seek what you are looking for. I personally have a positive perspective towards search engines, because it usually is fast and goes straight to what I am looking for. Almost everyone who uses the internet has at least once used a search engine. Many companies attempt to invest in these search engines because they know that everyone uses it and its usually always a portal for promoting their products. Its hard to imagine the internet without search engines because if that were the case, then much information would be lost.

Learning or breaking the law

Research and copyrighted material has become so vital in the past years. People who are attempting to spread knowledge are getting accused of breaking the law. In Pamela Samuel’s article, she wrote about a person named, Aaron Swartz, who was an internet activist and was accused of fraud and computer abuse, resulting in him committing suicide. His goal was to provide more access to knowledge in the internet. I agree that he was careless in these decisions and that he should have thought about copyright and possible consequences. In Brian Martin’s writing, he discussed what research was, and how almost every profession utilizes it. In my opinion i believe that the copyright law is overrated and the penalties shouldn’t be severe because it makes people feel limited to knowledge.

Plagiarism or Creativity

The term “plagiarism” has seemed to make its mark in the world by letting people know to not copy other people’s work. In the article “Plagiarism: a lie of the mind,” written by Maurice Isserman, he talks about what plagiarism is not in order for his audience to understand what plagiarism is. In my opinion, i feel that plagiarism has its reasons to be present and enforced because then we would just be saying the same thing someone else said instead of saying it in our own words and understanding it. It should be more enforced in literature since work is being published but i don’t think it should be enforced verbally. Verbal plagiarism is something that can’t be controlled.


The idea of making zines seems to cling on to a child’s mind as it can require most of the time, artistic work. Zines are something more than small little “magazines.” Zines are made and published for a small population, usually towards a specific group of people. There are zines for many genres, from poems to music. Zines are cheap to produce and usually are easy to distribute and catch the attention of the audience. Zines can contain information and pictures, mostly anything that will inform or attract that specific audience. I am convinced that people who make zines love their work because they dedicate their own time and money into the piece of literature or art.

Convergence Is Evolution

Does it matter if the Apple Company has transformed iTunes into a massive media convergence? One of the sole purposes of technology is to make life easier and its obvious that some people have a problem with that. Personally to me, it does not matter what new inventions come out or how it will make my life easier. I just know that technology such as iTunes gives me all i need in most cases to keep me entertained. Technology convergence is also more convenient for many people such the usage of the iPhone for example, which can tell you just about anything you want or communicate whenever and however you wish. The expansion of the internet or the application of iTunes is the evolution of tomorrow and it is very interesting to see how these inventions turn out to be and may someday be everything.

Media Convergence, Meikle and Young

Media has become the center of almost everything in the world. Everyone is exposed to media, for example, facebook, twitter and the news etc. To Meikle and Young, media convergence means, information passed across various media platforms. Meikle and Young use the example of wikileaks to show how the group published many documents through various media sources like the internet, newspaper, and on television when the public watches the news. They also talk about how television and the internet are becoming the same type of media. As well as how people try to develop new ways of interacting with media and how the average number of hours that people are using media is increasing.

Badke and Information

Badke starts off by saying that the first generations of information were passed down verbally. Knowledge can be lost if not passed down correctly. Badke tells us about how the idea of information was revolutionized. Inventions like the printing press had advanced the concept of information. Physical objects like books would be produced and would be sent out to the known world. Later in civilization, the Internet would be invented and it would change how we retrieve information for years to come. In chapter 8, Badke explains to his readers about methods for conducting research. He talks about: note taking, having a look at the index, looking at the table of contents etc. Badke concludes chapter 8 with the topic of plagiarism and how bad it can be for the writer committing the crime.