Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 56: OMG? Nope! OMP! One more project!

Handed in my group's Bibliographic and Factual Sources report today.

What an interesting experience.

Let me sum up:
  • Some information necessary to answer our question (we chose a question about ballet) was 100% not available. We asked the source directly; they haven't even released it yet. I hate red herrings.
  • Equal division of labour does not always wind up equal. We split the questions in a way that should have been exactly equal and made complete sense, and yet, I feel like my end wasn't nearly as intense.
  • No page count was listed, but apparently, we were potentially 4x longer than the limit.

    So here's a lesson for any future MLIS students in Bibliographic and Factual Sources...

    Lesson 55: Ask about the page limit.

    Our paper was 15 pages long, plus 3 pages of references, just to answer all the questions put forth in the assignment. I honestly don't think there was much we could have cut out. Between the topic summary, methodology and search strategies, and all of the answers to our hypothetical client's answers, we could have maybe cut a page without sacrificing something that was directly asked for in the assignment.

    However, apparently two of our classmates had asked what the page count should be. One was told, emphatically, by the prof "Please don't make it too long!". The other was told by the TA that it should be 5-7 pages.

    That would have been good information to have.

    Our M.O. was "as long as it needs to be to contain all necessary information".

    But ya, awesome.

    On the other hand, I only have one more project to do! Then it's exams! Then I go home! *happy dance*
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