Topic: Book publishing in the digital era, self-publishing vs traditional publishing
Some research questions: How is traditional publishing different from self-publishing? What are the pros and cons of each one? How has traditional publishing been affected by the growth of self-publishing?
Look back at your answers to Step 2 in Blog 1. How did you use that information to inform this search? If you set out to answer questions that weren’t addressed in your answers in Blog 1, explain why and justify how it is related to your research question.
Post your research question. Below that, post a link to 2 sources. Then, below each link:
* Include a brief summary for each source that highlights the most important things you learned about your topic from that source. This should be a thorough explanation that shows that you read the source–and reveals why you are interested in this topic.
* Justify why this was a useful source for answering your research question. If it doesn’t answer your question, justify why you chose it.
* What aspect(s) of the problem/issue/topic does this source seem to focus on most? What kinds of information does this source not discuss?
* What new, surprising, or unexpected information came up in this source? (This can be information that was in response to your questions, or information unrelated to your questions.)
Note: Within your answers above, include at least one quote from the source with an in-text citation in MLA format.
Reflect on your next steps. After you’ve answered the questions above for each of those sources, post a summary of what you feel you understand about your topic, what you are confused about, what questions you still have. You might also discuss:
* What do you understand (overall) about your research question and its potential answers?
* What questions do you have now that you did not have before? For example, we usually break our research question up into smaller questions we have that we need the answers to before we can answer the research question. What questions do you need to answer still before you can fully answer your research question?
* If you were going to explain this topic to someone, what are the parts you would be less confident explaining?