GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Term Project - Background Research


Find Information and Begin Your Outline

This week, I will be evaluating the abstracts you developed for your project in last week's lesson. While I do that, I encourage you to spend some time looking for relevant background information that will help you develop your project. You will need to submit a detailed outline by the end of Lesson 4, so get started on this now while you have some time.

To get started, you could look for:

  • background and context information for the topic you have chosen;
  • examples you can use to justify your choice of methods;
  • application examples that help clarify or expand upon your arguments.

Each project will have quite specific needs, so you will need to think of the additional information you will need to write your report.

You should draw upon examples from the scientific as well as the professional literature. No matter what sort of project you have in mind, there is a very good chance that there's going to be something in both scientific and professional sources that you can at least link to your work - few efforts under the sun are truly unique such that no connection can be made to what's been done in the past.

As you begin writing your report, you should make use of a standard method for citing prior work. I recommend using Chicago style. You can learn more about citations and bibliographies in MS Word here.

I encourage you to make use of our excellent Penn State library resources to get started. A good way to begin your search is to use Google Scholar. You can enable a special feature in Google Scholar that automatically links to PSU Library access for articles.

NOTE: There is nothing to submit this week with this part of the Term Project, but you should begin crafting an outline for your term project report, which will be due at the end of Lesson 4.