The topic for your final paper and presentation should pertain to one of the subject areas covered in the course that have captured your interest. (See below for a list of possible topics.) If you are unsure whether a topic is appropriate please ask me after class or drop me a line via e-mail and we can discuss it. Since the paper is short, you will need to narrow your focus so that you can cover the topic in some depth. If you are writing about a particular technology, be sure to touch upon some of the major issues attendant to that technology.

Format of the Paper

Your final paper should be a standard research paper in both content and format. It should be approximately ten pages in length, double-spaced. It must be typed or done on a word processor.

Documentation (Citations)

Scholarly work builds on the work of scholars who came before us. We acknowledge this through our citations. Whenever we use the ideas of others we must give credit to the authors whose works we are using. This is especially true if we use the wording used by those authors.

Within the Text

Citations should follow a consistent format. The author-date method is recommended. In the author-date format, within your text you include the author's last name, the date, and the page number(s) where you found the information.

For example:

George Tanaka wrote about this in his seminal work on tiddlywinks tournaments in the workplace (Tanaka 1997, 23).

If you use the wording of an author, whether that author is an individual, a group, or a corporate body, your quotation should be indented and single-spaced.

For example:

In summation, I would like to quote from Belinda Beststudent, who wrote

in her seminal work, Education for librarianship:

Library school is hard work but is fun. I wish that everyone could experience it. (Beststudent 2007, 47)

At the End of the Paper

At the end of the paper you list all the works cited. For those of you who have taken LIS 601 here at the University of Hawai`i, Turabian is good reference for formatting the works on your list. Another excellent source for citation styles is the Chicago Manual of Style.

Citation Style Websites

For a quick reference guide to various citation styles, you may consult one of the following websites:


The presentations will be approximately forty-five minutes each, depending on the final enrollment in the course. Consider this to be a session where you share with friends the interesting things you have discovered during your research. Be sure to leave at least three minutes at the end of your presentation for questions.

You will be required to create and utilize a Powerpoint slide show. The classroom instructor's computer has Powerpoint.

Handouts are a nice adjunct to any presentation and thus are required. These do not have to be elaborate. You can easily generate a set of handouts from your Powerpoint presentation. Otherwise, an outline of your talk, your bibliography, or a list of pertinent Web sites, or a combination of the above gives your audience a means to further pursue the topic later. Remember, you are talking to a class of future librarians who appreciate information resources.

Please email me as soon as possible if you have a preference as to which of the designated days you wish to give your presentation. I may not be able to accommodate every preference if everyone wants to give their talk on the last day so I will process the requests in order of receipt. Be sure to get your request in early!

Assorted topics pursued in previous semesters (suggested as possible topics for this semester)

I'm looking forward to hearing your presentations!


April 27, 2015
Ellie Seaton
Multi-lingual/Multi-cultural websites: challenges and solutions
Max Velasquez
Internet privacy

May 4, 2015
Adopting social media in an academic library, especially for outreach and accessibility purposes
Michiko Joseph

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