Thursday, March 24, 2011

Research Question

I am thinking that my research question will be:
What is polluting the ocean?

I am not sure if this is the exact topic I want to do, but I know I want to do something with researching the ocean. I would like to be a marine biologist when I am older and I think it would be a good idea to research the ocean for this paper. I think I can do a lot of things with this topic. I want to look at the affects of pollution on the marine animals. In addition, I want to see the affect of pollution on the coral reefs. If I needed to make the topic more specific, I can look at oceans in certain parts of the world. I can discuss all the human impact on the ocean and how much it is destroying the marine environment. I am sure there will be lots of research I can use to write the paper. However, I am still unsure if this is the topic I want to do. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011


In the piece "Something Borrowed", Malcolm Gladwell describes the different arguments of plagiarism. The piece begins with a story of a psychiatrist who realizes that her ideas from a book she wrote were stolen by a women writing a broadway play. The woman who wrote the book was devastated about her ideas being taken and sued. Gladwell explains how sometimes what we think is plagiarism, really isn't. Also, he describes how the Constitution says that after a certain period of time ideas from other people can be used to progress other ideas. Gladwell also discusses how many musicians use similar notes in numerous sounds. Even though one artist uses a set of notes doesn't mean they own those notes.

I liked reading this piece because I thought it was really interesting. I never knew so much went into plagiarism and deciding what is considered plagiarism. The story was a little confusing to follow, however. I kept having difficulty knowing who was speaking and who the author was referencing too. There were a lot of side examples that I feel could have flowed better.