CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City
ESCI 109, Section 03
Fall 2008

                                                                                                                                                 Dr. Sanders

Individual Geologic Research 
(Sign up for by Nov. 25; assignment due at class time, Dec. 4, 2008.)

OBJECTIVE: For your Individual Geologic Research project, you will produce a set of web resources that deal with and collectively explain the geologic of an assigned aspect of Chicago geology.  (Specific topics will be assigned in class.)

We will use the "social bookmarking" software at .  You will need to sign up for this free service by class time, Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FIND RESOURCES: Your first task is to explore the web to find resources on your topic.  Collect all the URLs (web addresses) somewhere where you can find them again!  Collect only reputable, useful sources.

ANNOTATE: Once you have found web resources, you will need to study each one and write an annotation.  An annotation is a short description that presents the important aspects of the resource.  What does the resource say, or show?  What does it do that other resources don't do?  Does it take a unique position, something that a researcher in the area might find particularly unusual or compelling?  Why would someone want to click on this link that you have selected for them?

ADD TAGS: You also will "tag" your entries in a way that will make them accessible to others who might wish to study Chicago geology.  A "tag" is a one-word descriptor, or keyword, that other researchers might enter in a search engine when they are looking for web resources.  Choosing the right tags is important to making your research available to others. 

For this assignment, every student in the class must use as their first tag for every entry, Chicago+geology.  That will allow all the rest of us to find everyone's entries all at once.  In addition to that tag, you must assign other tags that would help other researchers find your work.  

QUALITY: Our work will be public--available to everyone on the web--so it must be high quality!

EVALUATION:  Your work will be evaluated on the degree to which it shows that you have researched the topic thoroughly, critically evaluated each of the sources, annotated them usefully, and appropriately tagged them.  Your annotations must be clearly organized, grammatically correct, and free of spelling errors.  Points also will be awarded for the overall usefulness of the resource you have put together to other researchers in the field.
Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

2008 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated November 20, 2008.