Self Assessment

I learned a lot about using technology more efficiently for my research from this class. The use of timelines to organize events in chronological order is very important in research. It helps me to keep everything in order for when I’m organizing the information elsewhere. I also learned about the importance of ethical writing. Making sure to grab consent from the subject of a piece before releasing it to avoid legal trouble like copyright infringements. It’s important to consider all ethical frameworks to minimize any damage or unrest the research may cause. I also learned about privacy laws and how important it is to adhere to them as I’m researching. Making sure everything I write is factual and not embarrassing the subject of my work. Making sure I’m not intruding anything or appropriating the subjects likeness without their permission. I also learned that when downloading documents for research their are common data formats to look for like, XLS or .XLSX, .CSV, .TAB, .TXT, .PDF, and also ZIP files which can be multiple data pages in one folder. Using spreadsheets to organize numerical information is vital because it’s easy to organize and even easier to see once it is properly organized. I learned how to structure a spreadsheet with values and to keep it consistent. As far as history goes, I have learned that it’s somewhat subjective because people who write history are writing it from their perspective. Meaning that the history recorded is only the partial truth. Because of this it’s important to look up multiple sources of one event in order to get a complete and accurate depiction of story. This means visiting multiple websites, journals, and books from multiple points of view on a subject. Especially in the chronicles of war, you have to observe multiple sources from three sides, the winner, the loser, and the civilians affected by the conflict. Mots cases, the history of war is written by the winner meaning there are vital parts of the story left out advertently and inadvertently. This is usually done either from ignorance or interest in having the most positive image possible for the winning side. This sometimes means creating a negative image for your opponent. Because of this it’s vital to review other sources in an attempt to get the full picture of conflict. Questions that could be answered from cross referencing: Who is at fault, how was the culture of the winner’s affected, how was the culture of the losers affected, did the civilians support the war, and what was the true purpose of the war? I honestly think this class has prepared me to be a better scholar for my future endeavors.

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