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CSCM 2040-A Professional Communication | Summer 2019 | Donald E. Simpson, PhD
Study Guide for Journal 06: due Week 04, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
Rebecca Moore Howard, Writing Matters, ch. 14, 15, 16, “Research Matters (part II),” pp.
233-275; see also ch. 19, “APA Style,” pp. 363-396.
Journal #6: As knowledge workers, your future career may depend on locating vital information and
alerting your audience (employer, employee, colleagues, stockholders, clients, etc.) of its importance,
often with recommendations as to how your business, department, or industry should respond. How
do you determine the credibility of information and opinion sources in an era of “Fake News,”
spoofing, and hacking? How do you go about interpreting credible information for your specific
audience in a way that allows them to usefully respond?
Note: Substantive journals will consist of two full pages in standard manuscript format (see syllabus).
If you have done the reading and considered the prompts below, you should have plenty to say.
1. (WM 14a) How does the text advise you to proceed in evaluating sources of information for
credibility? Summarize their checklist. What criteria seem most crucial to you? What are
some key differences between scholarly and popular sources (14b-c)? How are you advised
to proceed with internet sources? Do you always check to see how sources cite their sources?
2. (WM 15a-e) Keeping track of the information you discover is crucial in maintaining
credibility with your professional audience. What are some of the major pitfalls to avoid?
Why does the text raise the issue of patchwriting, and have you ever used this technique in
your school work? How do you absorb diverse sources while avoiding patchwriting?
Paraphrase what advice the text has to offer.
3. (WM 15f-h) Often, academic and professional communication involves reporting facts and
opinions of others, offering an argument in support of one side or another, and interpreting
the relevance for your audience. Very little room is left for “originality” as such. Why then is
it so important for your own understanding as well as your audience’s to avoid plagiarism,
cite clearly, and summarize in your own words? When does the text advise quoting and when
better to paraphrase?
4. (WM 16a-d). Understanding that reporting is largely a matter of synthesizing and interpreting
a set of information for a particular audience, summarize the method of drafting and
organizing a research report as discussed by the text. What are the key principles to keep in
mind throughout the process? When would it become necessary to revise your thesis,
restructure your outline, and possibly investigate further information?
5. (WM 19) How many different sources have you used in the Quick Reference on p. 366? How
many on pp. 376-377? (Use numbers, e.g.: “10. Edited book or anthology.”) Which sources
will you be most likely to use in the forthcoming Article Assignment group or individual
paper, do you think? Which if any types of sources will be of almost no importance to you or
your audience in your future career?
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