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Creative Research Assignment - Making a Documentary

This assignment is designed to help you find, evaluate, and interpret information from a variety of scholarly and popular sources using the UGA Libraries’ databases and the Internet.

For this assignment you will make a very short documentary on a topic of your choice, using Apple's iMovie or Microsoft's Movie Maker software.  You will also create a website related to the topic that will provide a space to "publish" your documentary. You will be asked to find, evaluate, and interpret a variety of scholarly and popular sources for the content of your documentary and website, compile an annotated bibliography of those sources, and provide a written script.  You will use the information you have found to create your own documentary on your topic. By the end of this assignment, you will have learned:

  • How to create a workable research query
  • How to search GIL (the UGA Libraries’ online catalog), Academic Search Premier (article database covering scholarly, popular and news articles), and LexisNexis (newspaper articles) to find research sources
  • How to use the Web more efficiently to find reliable sources for your academic projects
  • How to read and summarize key points in resources
  • How to correctly cite your sources and avoid plagiarism
  • How to use iMovie on a Mac platform or Movie Maker on a PC platform to create your own documentary employing images, sound and text
  • How to create a website using HTML coding language, images, and external/internal links

Assignments (Total 100 points)

See Grading Guidelines for detailed breakdown of how points are assigned.

  1. Annotated Bibliography (20 points)
  2. Script for documentary (25 points)
  3. Documentary Movie (25 points)
  4. Website (30 points)

Library Instructors

Please contact Sandra Riggs (sriggs@uga.edu), the librarian for your section if you have any questions!

SP 2010 Sections are:

  • Monday, 2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.
  • Monday, 3:35-4:25 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.