English, Literature and Philology

*Discussion 1:
Explain why your topic is important and who it is important to. Think about the ideal audience that would be interested in your topic and describe them. You should consider your audience’s demographics, what kind of sources they expect and from where, what information is valued (and not) and what might be some typical responses to your topic and the questions/hypotheses you propose. Lastly, explain why your topic is worth researching and sharing with others. In other words, you’ve identified a research topic, but “So what?!” Why should your audience care?
(pick 1 topic that you have done for me “Fenster, Karl A., “Reducing Brutality Through Improved Police-Community Relations” (2016)”)
*discussions 2:
Review one of the databases you chose. Your discussion thread should be titled with the name of your database, and the body of your post should contain the headings below and answer each of the questions. This is only a starting point. Do not create a “laundry list” post and robotically answer the questions. Instead, be specific, thorough and thoughtful in your responses. The purpose of the showcase is to discover databases while helping your peers find databases they might not have considered. Keep this in mind when writing and be as thorough as possible.

Introduction

Is your database a general database or a specialized database?
What is this database for?
Who is it useful to and how might it be useful for you? (Be specific and list at least 5 types of scholars/people who would be interested).

Usability

Describe the user interface and any unique functions/features of the database.
Pro-Tips: What are some useful tips for using/navigating this database? (What frustrated you or confused you most?)
What are some drawbacks of this database?

Overview

How was your overall experience using this database?
Final thoughts and things to consider?

In your replies: Respond to your peer’s thread with thoughtful feedback and questions. Be open, genuine and curious. The purpose of the showcase is to discover databases while helping your peers find databases they might not have considered. Keep this in mind when writing and be as thorough as possible.

How might this database be useful for you? What might you expect to find as it pertains to your research question(s)?
What questions do you have about the databases functions and or limitations/drawbacks?
* Discussion 3:
Post your research problem statement in the discussion forum. The research problem statement is a required component of the discussion and does NOT count towards your word count for the post. Discussion #7 will not be accepted without a completed research question.

Next: Is your research applied or conceptual? What is the specific problem that led to your research question? Who is affected by this problem and who do you expect your audience to be? (Be specific and target your audience accurately). What is the “gap in research/knowledge” that exists with your problem? (This is not a gap in YOUR research, but a gap in the available research from the scholarly community as a whole, for scholars writing on the issue) What do you think the audience will expect you to address in your essay?

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