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INQS 125 - Professor David Fiordalis - Fall 2015
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Beyond McMindfulness

Suddenly mindfulness meditation has become mainstream, making its way into schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies including the U.S. military. Millions of people are receiving tangible benefits from their mindfulness practice: less stress, better concentration, perhaps a little more empathy. Needless to say, this is an important development to be welcomed -- but it has a shadow.

Purser, Ron, and David Loy. "Beyond McMindfulness." The Huffington Post., 01 July 2013. Web. 26 Aug. 2013.


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Thinking about a Research Paper


  • Good research for a paper takes time. Don't wait until the last minute.
    Choose a topic that really interests you.  Start with your course materials. Be open to ideas.  Your professor can be a big help in pointing you in a good direction. Talk with your classmates about their ideas. 
  • Explore what kind of information is available.  Browse library encyclopedias and the open Web for background information.  Take notes (and save citations) for things you read along the way. See what has been published in books or periodical articles that you could develop into a topic.
  • Develop and use a Search Strategy:
    • Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.
    • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words that you find as you search to alter and expand upon your initial thoughts.
  • Be flexible:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.
  • Critically Analyze the Resources Who is responsible for the information?  Is it academic or popular?  How do I know? (& when & why does it matter)?

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