Water In Law
Research Sample (Law)
Plan B - Three Days
Caught in a vacuum, forced to learn their craft before they understand the conventions and philosophies that structure academic writing at the college level, they construct a set of ad hoc methods to get by, trying to make the grade by guessing the values of their teachers as best they can (Dombeck &Herndon, pg. 1).
Critical Passages: Teaching the Transition
You have three days to create a research project -
A Community Concern in Washington State
Here are some helpful suggestions.
1. Ask yourself what you know about the subject. Is there a recent newspaper article of interest to you? If so, what else do you recall about it? Is there a history, something possibly more tangible that you could find in other records?
2. Try to think of what specifics interest you. Begin brainstorming synonyms and terminology helpful to research the subject.
With the topic of “a community concern” it doesn't’t
hurt to draw from sources about other places, especially if it is a global
concern. Though you want to minimize this and use it as supporting evidence.
water rights, water company, irrigation, lakes and beaches, public/private water, well rights, State Domain, National Domain, and International Waters
3. This is an interdisciplinary school but it helps to focus using their discipline(s). Other things you can bring into it help show your range of interests but may confuse the reader (your professor).
4. Important to this is investigation is to recognize your limitations. Given a short time period you won’t be able to order books or otherwise wait for sources. Your main sources are going to be what you can retrieve immediately.
5. I am most comfortable with books. I know about using the Table of Contents, Index, and also to validate their authority.
- Government Documents
- The Stacks
- Scholarly Journals
Are there required forms of medium to be used? Are there mediums not allowed?
6. Once you have your Results then you must collect and analyze them carefully.