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INTR 101

INTR scholarly sources slides

General outcomes...
Define nature and extent of the information needed
Access information effectively and efficiently
Evaluate information and its sources critically; Incorporate selected information into your knowledge base 
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
Understand economic, legal, and social issues related to the use of information; access and use information ethically and legally


Specific outcomes...

INTR 101: Essay 1

"... make an argument for how to understand the specific representation of technology in terms of both the story/film and the 1960s. You will need to research the historical context or the specific technology (at least three scholarly sources, but other sources are also welcome) ... citing relevant sources using MLA style"

Academic article Popular article
Author expert in subject / discipline
often affiliated with a university or research centre
often a journalist or staff writer
Length lengthy (10-30 pages) usually short, up to 10 pages
Audience for readers who work / study in the same discipline or field for general readership
Content specialized language / vocabulary
reports outcomes of original scholarship / research
topical or general content
may refer to other people's research
Illustrations often includes data tables, graphs, charts
visual material elaborates what is discussed in the text
production quality may be high (glossy, white space)
often contains photos, ads
References yes, including in-text citations, or foot / endnotes, as well as reference list or bibliography no
may suggest further reading
Publisher often a university, or professional or scholarly association trade publishers, news & media companies
Distribution available by subscription or open access online, membership in scholarly societies often available at newsstands
popular subscriptions
available in all types of libraries


Studies in Popular Culture

Canadian Literature





Feschuk, Scott. "What if Elon Musk is Right?" Maclean's Jun 20 2016ProQuestWeb. 16 Jan. 2017  .

Specifics (texts)... (technology)... Context (situation, cultural milieu)...
Kate Wilhelm, "Baby, You Were Great" virtual reality, reality TV, interactive entertainment empathy, performativity, appropriation, privacy and surveillance...
Philco-Ford Corp, "Home of the Future"  
Sonya Dorman, "When I was Miss Dow"  
Sakyo Komatsu, "Take Your Choice"  
Chris Marker, "La Jetée"  

Key words & concepts. Consider:

  • broader... postwar
  • narrower... 1960s
  • related... Cold War, Summer of Love, Space Race

Combining concepts, including syntax ("quotation marks for phrases" ; OR to create a combined list of synonyms)

  • "time travel" "popular culture" (1960s OR sixties OR postwar)

Managing search results: marking, exporting, formatting and saving citations

Tracing sources, backward and forward in time


1. Go to to use the LibrarySearch box at the top of the page.

2. Find at least one scholarly article and/or book that you think you can use for your essay assignment.

3. Add the citations for your items to the LibrarySearch folder.

4. Open the LibrarySearch folder and change your citations to MLA style.  

5. Click on the “Email” link. Before sending the email to yourself, please answer these questions in the “Message” box, to remind yourself about helpful elements of your research process:

  • What did you search for – words and limiters? Perhaps copy this info from your results screen.
  • Why did you choose your item(s)? 
  • How do you know your choice is scholarly or otherwise reputable?

Using good sources to find more good sources...

This book was retrieved by this key word and concept search: "time travel" "popular culture" sixties

The book happens to cite the film that is my departure point! 

I can also look for other useful older sources in the Works Cited list.

I can look for more recent works that cite this useful book by looking for it in Google Scholar, where I can also find sources that share the same (related) references.