Geography 207 -- Spring 2003

Building a Resource Page


Please Note: The "discussion" for Week #7 allowed you to identify -- explicitly -- (at least) ONE reference which represents an introduction or overview of the "subfield of economic geography" which comes close to or overlaps with the area of interests which you have identified for this class. Many of the references suggested by you were great and reflected well the objectives of this exercise. Other were (often much) too specialized or non-academic to be appropriate. Finding such a reference and using it to delinate your field and gain access to additional research and writing in your field remains a very important objective of this RESOURCE PAGE exercise. Thus, the first reference category of your resource page should be something like: "Introductions to the Economic Geography of My Sub-Field". [The Discussion Page for Week#7 has been attached to the Password Page]

Objectives: This quarter-long assignment has three main objectives, namely, to give you opportunities to
  1. learn Library and Information Resource Skills ("Information Literacy")
  2. get a start on a research task or two in which you have some interest for personal or professional reasons, or simply for your Geog 207 portfolio; and
  3. contribute to an Internet based resource system which may be useful to future generations of students.

Due: Tuesday of 3rd week [for other (due-date) details, see bottom of this page]

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Themes or Topics:

The focus of the assignment should be the assembly and organization of potentially diverse resources related to your areas of interest as well as all the resources you have gathered as part of your discussion/portfolio-related research.

Process for Building your Resource Page:

There will be ample opportunity to work on this assignment during the remaining weeks of this quarter. Apply your already existing resource skills and develop new ones in the context of your discussion topic. The length of the ultimate "Resource Page" should be the equivalent of approximately 2 regular pages with at least 20 references, ten of which should be annotated (at least two sentences, one related to the content, the other to its relevance for your research interests). It will be due, in digital form, as part of your final portfolio.

For starters (i.e. for the assignment for Tuesday of the 3rd week), establish the beginnings of this page by finding and organizing at least 10 references (including five which you need to annotate) from different types of sources related to those of your interests which you associate with this class and this Resource Page.


Your Resource Page should contain appropriate bibliographical (including Internet) references to publications which are informative to you, to your class-related interests and to other students "out there". These references should be

One third to one half of your references should be "annotated". By "annotation" we want to understand at least two sentences formulated by you, one sentence describing the content of the document, another to spell out the role which this document has played or will play in the research of your area(s) of interests ("What will it do for you?").

Your Resource Page(s) should NOT be an undifferentiated list of references, but a well organized systems of useful resources. Please organize these resources on the basis of an (at least) two-tier schemes of subheadings. You decide which to use and which to use as the higher-order tier and which for the lower-order. The following types of sub-divisions come to mind:

  1. by subject: e.g. by mode of transportation (if you are dealing with transportation)
  2. by kind of resource:
    1. Academic (e.g. books or journal papers written by university faculty or research institutes)
    2. Professional (e.g. report by the Association of light rail equipment manufacturers)
    3. Journalism (e.g. articles from the Wall Street Journal or Business Week)
    4. Government (e.g. Census Bureau, CIA, County Planning Department)
    5. Business (e.g. a corporate Website)
  3. by geographic region (if you cover more than 1)
  4. by issue or event
  5. others (?)
In general, it would be perfectly acceptable if any one sub-category contains only one resource. However, the overall balance should be preserved, i.e. one academic reference would not be enough! (At least about half of your total sources should have an academic background).

Please identify those items or references which you have actually consulted, i.e. you have checked them out or seen the original in its entirety, and have read at least parts of it.

How do you evaluate the quality of Internet Resources?

To make sure that all of your sources are cited correctly, let's explore briefly those established rules (for paper publications) and the emerging ones (for Internet publications). First of all here is a general link to citation rules. More specifically:

  1. Paper citations: The primary elements of a bibliographic reference are the same for most styles of documentation,although the order in which they are presented may vary. These elements include (for books) the name of the author, the title, the place of publication, the publisher's name, the date of publication, and a designation of the location, or page number, of a reference.
    For journal articles: Name of author(s), the title of the article, the name of the journal, volume number, issue number, and page numbers.

    Identifying the URL only is NOT sufficient!!

  2. Citations of Electronic Sources: Author's Last Name, First Name. [author's internet address, if available]. "Title of Work" or "title line of message." In "Title of Complete Work" or title of list/site as appropriate. [internet address]. Date, if available.
    The samples below indicate how citations of particular electronic sources might be made:
    Limb, Peter. "Relationships between Labour & African Nationalist/ Liberation Movements in Southern Africa." [http://neal.ctstateu. edu/history/world_history/archives/limb-l.html]. May 1992.

    For our Resource Page, the URL or the title of the document should be linked (i.e. "clickable").


    For the WebPeople among you:
    1. Assignments "attached" to Webpages do NOT count as Web submissions (since your instructor will not open attachments). Therefore, the due date for the paper version would be Tuesday.
    2. The due date for txt or html submissions is Wednesday, noon. (In these cases, I would appreciate paper printouts by Thursday)
    3. All URLs should be connected/linked.

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