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ASC 101 Common Reading Research Guide 2013-2014: Life of Pi   Tags: asc 101, common reading, first year college students, first year students, introduction to university life, life of pi  

This guide provides information about the common reading and annotated bibliography assignment for Introduction to University Life (ASC 101 and ASC Scholars). It includes valuable research tips and resources.
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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The Common Reading

Selection for 2013-2014

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Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Call Number: PS8576.A7651 L53
ISBN: 9780547848419
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.


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    Library Session Worksheets

    These worksheets will be used during the library session.


    Welcome to the Michael Schwartz Library!

    Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes TowerWelcome to the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University!

    This guide is designed for first year students enrolled in ASC 101 & ASC 101 Scholars. 

    The purpose of this guide is to assist students in navigating the research process and locate high quality, credible sources their evaluative annotated bibliography assignment.  Students will also learn valuable information about the Library's services, resources, collections, and research tools.  

    Others are also invited to explore the information on these pages.

    Check out the Common Reading Experience website at the Michael Schwartz Library.

    Come to an ASC 101 Research Help Session for walk in assistance with using library search tools to locate sources and citations. 
    March 4, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LCLC Back Lab

    What is an Annotated Bibliography?

    Relax! An annotated bibliography is NOT a full-blown research paper. 

    To create an annotated bibliography first you list the complete publication information for the source. Then you write an "annotation," or brief note about the source, that summarizes the content, explains its usefulness to your research, evaluates its method, conclusions, or reliability, and/or records your reactions to the source. 

    When you create an annotated bibliography, you will format the paper and the citations in a specified style such as Modern Languages Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA). Most sections of ASC 101, will use MLA style.  Ask your instructor which style you should use.

    Why is this one of the ASC 101 Assignments?

    • A common assignmentStudents working
    • Learn foundational skills for upper level courses
    • Prepare for ENG 101 & 102 assignments
    • Practice general writing skills
    • Acquire information literacy skills
    • Gain experience conducting research
    • Develop an awareness of library resources & services
    • Practice using MLA style
    • Sharpen critical thinking

    More information and examples 


    Handouts for the Common Reading Research Assignment

    Below you will find the handouts for the library visit and the Common Reading Research Assignment, an annotated bibliography. Please talk with your instructor if you have any questions.

    You may contact  Ann Marie Smeraldi, First Year Experience Librarian, if you need help with your research.   


    Interview with Yann Martel

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    Other Books by Yann Martel

    Cover Art
    Beatrice and Virgil - Yann Martel
    ISBN: 1400069262
    Publication Date: 2010-04-13

    Cover Art
    Self - Yann Martel
    ISBN: 0571219764
    Publication Date: 1996


    Nursing Students Using APA Citattion Style

    If you are a nursing student and your instrcutor has told you to use APA, refer to these annotated biblography examples.

    If you are not sure, ask your instructor which style you should use.

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