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Evan Crew
Online Discussion 2/22
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:54pm
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The most challenging aspect of my paper was finding print sources. For my informative paper I decided to write about the history of skateboarding, and I found out very quick that there was only a small amount of sources to choose from for this topic. In both libraries I was only able to find exactly the three sources that I needed for the paper, and all of the rest that I found where nonfiction children's books (not something you would want to use on a college level paper). I ended up being able to draw some information from them, but the majority of my research came from my own knowledge of the sport and the internet. I have grown up skateboarding and have always been interested in the history of it, so over the years I have become very knowledgeable about it. The easiest part of my paper was probably forming the outline. I knew that I wanted my paper to have a sort of "timeline" feel to it, and I really feel that I did well with that. Finding information about where the sport began in the 50s and 60s was probably where I struggled the most in the paper, I had never really looked into how the sport had really started, other than the whole roller blades on a piece of scrap wood, so it was really interesting to learn some new things. When I got to the part of my paper from the 70s until present time, I really just used information that I had picked up over the years. I knew a lot about the skate "depression" of the late 70s and know a ton about the modern day world of skateboarding. I feel that the strongest part of my paper was the information that i was able to project in the amount of space that I was given. There are so many things to fit into the paper that it was hard to get everything I wanted to say written down. I really believe that I touched on all the main time periods and events that helped evolve the sport. If there was one place in my paper that I felt had a weakness, it would probably be the introduction. I never have been good at writing them and I always take way to much time thinking about what i want to say. Sometimes ill even write one out, and right before i turn it in I go back and change it to something I believe sounds better. I think that I preformed an okay job with the introduction this time around, and I hope that you see the same. Also a part I think I may of struggled with would be the time period between the late 90s until present time. I felt that I should touch on the earlier time periods more so than the modern ones, so I didn't put as much information as i probably should have. I hope that it is enough because if not ill be mad that I left out some common knowledge that would of helped improve my grade. Overall I believe that this is one of the strongest papers that I have written in my time at ECU. I hope that it is written well enough to get a high grade.

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