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Tracking sheets 1

Authored article on a website

Source for Tracking Sheet 1

  • Authored articles on a website


  • To record information about sources for the MLA paper.

Before you begin doing research

You'll need a topic

  • As a conversation between you and I, we'll determine a subject you have an interest in, a subject that you will be reading and writing about for the next two months.
  • Not every subject works with this course. If I say no to a subject, I am saying no to the difficulty of the subject in relation to this course, and not to the subject itself.
  • This is RESEARCH; not an essay. DO not. Do NOT. DO NOT think to contrive a thesis; all that you need at the moment is a subject that we agree on. (You'll acquire a theory in TS 9 to apply to the subject for the MLA paper)
  • Subjects with some social element or some tangible element work best.
  • Here are some examples students have come up with:
    • Green Spaces
      • The need for people to be in nature; specifically while living in city environments
    • Greek Myths/Cosplay
      • Cosplay interpretations of Greek Gods and MonstersDomestic violence
    • Gen Z and Hobbies
      • Hobbies have changed for the newest generation: Gen Z
    • Children and Digital technologies
      • Children's use of digital technologies
    • Serial Killer representations in film.
      • How serial killers are represented in film
  • Here are some more examples
  • This is not a list to choose from; if you do choose one of these, I most likely will say no, as I have just heard all about these subjects.

Process to find a subject

  1. What do you like to do?
    • Simply said, what are your favourite activities when not working?
  2. What is your career goal/discipline for future degrees?
    • Think about what career you are seeking, or what degree you are ultimately seeking.

Now that you have your subject

Here's the process of Tracking Sheets

  1. Find and read an authored article on a website that concerns your subject. Hint: Use the News tab on Google.
  2. Choose carefully. What YOU choose determines the direction of your research. Though you have chosen a broad topic to research, this first source will set the more specific focus of your research and future sources.
    • For instance if your topic is "Children's use of digital technologies" and you select the first source to be about phone app games, then the next sources in the next levels will have to concern children and phone app games.
    • If you choose an article about children and social media, then the rest of your research will focus on children and social media (not app games, not video games, not any other part of digital technology
  3. Open a blank Word document and save that document as annotatedbibliography.docx
  4. Download the Tracking Sheet
  5. You can use Purdue's Online Writing Lab (Owl) or my color-coded abridged version on Inverseintuition.org:
  6. If you use a citation maker, or any other source than the two listed above, and the citation does not match one of the two sources above, the citation is incorrect.
  7. If I mark something wrong on your Works Cited, but you think it is correct, your only defense is to show me how you followed a page on OWL or on InverseIntuition.org
  8. Look at the citation to determine what should be listed in the top portion of the Tracking Sheet.
  9. Type your answers into the document you named annotatedbibliography.docx.
  10. Copy and paste all of your answers from that annotatedbibliography.docx document into the Tracking Sheet.
  11. Save and close annotatedbibliography.docx so you can add more data to this file with each tracking sheet 1 - 10.
  12. In the MAIN CONTAINER, begin with these words The website Web Site Name goes here...
  13. In the SECOND CONTAINER begin with these words: The article "Article Name goes here" ...
  14. Submit the Tracking Sheet by email.
  15. Submit only one Tracking Sheet per email.
  16. Rewrite as needed until Stamped.


  • No pus words allowed.
  • Do not plagiarize. Use your own words
  • If your quoted passage was already quoted in the article (the author quoted somebody else), you will need to indicate as such in your lead-in sentence. Below is an example of Susan Gomez quoting Joe Smith in her article, and you are using Joe Smith's quoted words:
    • Joe Smith, in Susan Gomez's article "Blah de Blah," suggests we should choose words carefully: "Garbley garble garble garbley garble"
  • Spelling counts
    • This is also a training to have you test if a spell checker is active on any digital platform (college application sites, job application sites, pdfs for job aps, etc)
    • The Tracking Sheet will not spell check for you
    • If you use a a word that Word would have flagged as incorrectly spelled, I will return the tracking sheet with the word SPELLING in the file name.
  • Later in the term, after all 5 Tracking Sheets, you'll be collating all of the Tracking Sheets into one document for the Annotated Bibliography assignment.
    • At some point, you will be copying and pasting all of the information in the Tracking Sheets.
    • You can copy and paste every Tracking Sheet as you complete them and have all that information in one document, annotatedbibliogrpahy.docx, for later in the term.
    • Or, you can attempt to spell correctly in all the Tracking Sheets, and then later in the term you can sit down and copy and paste all that data from all 5 Tracking Sheets.

Visual instructions for the Tracking Sheets

 Visual instructions for the Tracking Sheets
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