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Kari Wischnowsky
2/22 Discussion
Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:44pm
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The informative paper was a nice refresher for me, as far as MLA formatting goes. It reminded me of lessons that I had learned in English 1100 about the proper way to incorporate in-text citations as well as how to write for a particular purpose. Being allowed to choose the topic that I wanted to write about helped me out a lot because I picked a subject that was interesting to me and that made the research less of a hassle. I was able to look up the answers to the questions that I had about my topic and expand my own knowledge as I wrote. The thing that was most difficult for me was finding good information to cite in my paper. I chose to write about the advancement of women in the United States military, so much of my paper was a recount of historical events. I tried not to use information that would be considered general knowledge, but almost everything I found were dates and legislative acts that were passed and other facts of that nature that can easily be accessed through various media outlets. While I did use this information to explain how women have progressed within the military and how their roles have expanded throughout history, I tried to find some personal thoughts and ideas from authors to cite. I think I did well with portraying the ideas that I wanted to emphasize, like the fact that women have made numerous advancements and contributions to our country as gender equality has become more important in the military. I also believe I did well with transitioning smoothly into different topics. On the other hand, I do not think I made the best use of the information I cited in my paper. Again, I had trouble distinguishing between information that is considered general knowledge and information that can only be accredited to a particular author. I think I could use some help with this as well as how to effectively integrate cited material into my papers so that it can actually strengthen the points I am trying to make, rather than just be there so that I meet the required number of sources. I also did not make the best use of my time and ended up being a little short on the page requirement.

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