Class Assignment Description

Your Name:

Linda Celet Bane

Professor:

Tom Sydow

Class:

English 102

Day & Time:

Assignment:

Argumentative Essay/Research Paper

Purpose:

Have to identify a problem related to my major and find a solution for it.

Length:

7 pages

Restrictions:

No wikipedia, limited # of web pages

Requirements:

Multiple sources, multiple types of sources (7)

Due Date:

19 April 2015 (Final Paper)

See Google Calendar for other due dates.

Citation Style:

MLA

Project Format:

3 Sourced Papers, Annotated Bibliography, Class Presentation

Notes:

Selecting a Topic

 Does it interest you? List some reasons/aspects for why it interests you.

Ebola - Yes, I am very interested in it. It could become a pandemic like the influenza outbreak in 1918 and kill millions throughout the world. It is currently ravaging Africa and bringing about huge cultural changes.

 

Does it meet the instructor’s criteria? My topic is supposed to have something to do with my profession. As a librarian, I can probably convince him that searching for “good” information in media reports is related to my profession.

Can you cover it in the assigned number of pages/minutes/slides? Yes, in fact, if I’m not careful to limit my topic, I may cover even more.

 Do you have enough time:

Yes

No

To get help?

Yes

To request an ILL?

Yes

To think and synthesize the information you’ve found before you actually create the body of your project?

Yes

 

Can you state your topic as a sentence or a question? Yes.

Topic:  How can governments and non-governmental organizations use the media to limit the spread of Ebola and to support care for those infected by it?

Can you pick out one, two, three, or four important words and make a list of synonyms for each?

Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Concept 4

Concept 5

Ebola

governments

NGOs

spread

media

virus

United Nations

health organizations

epidemic

news

United States

MSF - Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

pandemic

information

New York & New Jersey

WHO - World Health Organization

Internet/Web

 

What do you really know?

  1. MSF has been leading the fight to help people in Africa.
  2. WHO was lagging behind the MSF in their predictions of its spread but has begun to sound the alarm in agreement with the MSF.
  3. Ebola is caused by a virus. It is spread by contact with bodily secretions of infected patients: blood, vomit, diarrhea, mucus.
  4. It began in western Africa.
  5. The U.S. has sent troops and supplies to Africa to help, but has not sent medical personnel. (As of November 2014)

 

What are your assumptions?

  1. I think the current epidemic began in early 2014.
  2. I think it began in Guinea or Liberia. I think it is now in Nigeria and Uganda.
  3. I think that racism may have hindered getting other countries involved in helping and that it may have led to the death of one of Africa’s Ebola experts.
  4. Media coverage has been difficult.

Project Schedule (Insert here and/or set up electronic alarms/reminders.)

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Research Log

Item number: 1

 

Citation (use the database utility or Knight Cite, compare to Purdue OWL style guide, and make corrections):

Anthony Sanchez. "Ebola Virus." Mcgraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. Credo Reference. Web. 25 October 2014.

 

 

Describes the type of virus, where it comes from, how it is spread, and how it can be treated. Warning: the treatment information is probably out of date.

  1.  “The four known subtypes or species of Ebola viruses are Zaire, Sudan, Reston, and Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), named for the geographic locations where these viruses were first determined to cause outbreaks of disease. Ebola viruses are very closely related to, but distinct from, Marburg viruses. Collectively, these pathogenic agents make up a family of viruses known as the Filoviridae.”
  2.  “Filoviruses have an unusual morphology, with the virus particle, or virion, appearing as long thin rods. A filovirus virion is composed of a single species of ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecule that is bound together with special viral proteins, and this RNA–protein complex is surrounded by a membrane derived from the outer membrane of infected cells. Infectious virions are formed when the virus buds from the surface of infected cells and is released. Spiked structures on the surface of virions project from the virion and serve to recognize and attach to specific receptor molecules on the surface of susceptible cells, allowing the virion to penetrate the cell. The genetic information contained in the RNA molecule directs production of new virus particles by using the cellular machinery to drive synthesis of new viral proteins and RNA”
  3.  “Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever disease in humans begins with an incubation period of 4–10 days, which is followed by abrupt onset of illness. Fever, headache, weakness, and other flulike symptoms lead to a rapid deterioration in the condition of the individual. In severe cases, bleeding and the appearance of small red spots or rashes over the body indicate that the disease has affected the integrity of the circulatory system. Individuals with Ebola virus die as a result of a shock syndrome that usually occurs 6–9 days after the onset of symptoms. This shock is due to the inability to control vascular functions and the massive injury to body tissues.”

It pretty much agrees with everything, but it is a little old.

 

 

 

No, not based on this.


Research Log

Item number: 2

 

Citation (use the database utility or Knight Cite, compare to Purdue OWL style guide, and make corrections):

I searched both Points of View and CQ Researcher, simply using the keyword search “ebola.” Neither one had actual modules/reports on ebola although both had various sources that listed it. As I am just beginning my search, I ignored them. I can go back later if I need to. (10 Dec 14: Still no modules/reports on ebola, but POV has multiple individual sources. 22 Feb 15: CQ        Researcher now has a good article on global epidemics and includes Ebola.)

Points of View -- no module for Ebola -- sample only:

Lee, M., and Rosalind Montanez-Muhinda. "Point: Nations Should Work Together to Solve the Global Problem of AIDS." Points of View: AIDS Drugs in Africa (2015): 2. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 15 Mar. 2015. <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=26608017&site=pov-live>.

 

 

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Points of View -- newspaper article about Ebola

Smith, Kristina. "A Corbin Native's Effort to Eradicate Ebola." Times-Tribune [Corbin, KY] 04 Mar. 2015: n. pag. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 16 Mar. 2015. <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=2W64050996626&site=pov-live>.

Research Log

Item number: 3

 

Citation (use the database utility or Knight Cite, compare to Purdue OWL style guide, and make corrections):

Ghayourmanesh, Soraya, and H. Bradford Hawley. "Ebola Virus." Magill's Medical Guide. 7th ed. Eds.Bryan C. Auday, et al. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2014. Salem Health Web. 03 Nov. 2014. 

Suggested citation had problems: Ghayourmanesh, Soraya. "Ebola virus." Magill's Medical Guide, Seventh Edition. Ed. F. Marrocco Geraldine and C. Auday Bryan, et al., 7th. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2014. Salem Health Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

 

 

 

Causes: Viral infection

Symptoms: Severe blood clotting and hemorrhaging, fever, lethargy, appetite loss, headaches, muscle aches, skin rash

Duration: Acute

Treatments: None

  1.  Description of the progress of the disease:

The Ebola virus appears to have an incubation period of two to twenty-one days, after which time the impact is devastating. The patient develops appetite loss, increasing fever, headaches, and muscle aches. The next stage involves disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a condition characterized by both blood clots and hemorrhaging. The clots usually form in vital internal organs such as the liver, spleen, and brain, with subsequent collapse of the neighboring capillaries. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea with blood and mucus, and conjunctivitis. An unusual type of skin irritation known as maculopapular rash first appears in the trunk and quickly covers the rest of the body. The final stages of the disease involve a spontaneous hemorrhaging from all body outlets, coupled with shock and kidney failure and often death within eight to seventeen days. 

Reference list seems to include Source 1, so they seem to support one another

 

 

No, not based on this.


Research Log

Item number: 4

Clemmitt, Marcia. "Emerging Infectious Diseases: Is an Unstoppable Global Pandemic Possible?." CQ Researcher 13 Feb. 2015: 145-68. CQ Researcher. Web. 15 Mar. 2015. <http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2015021300>.

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Research Log

Item number: 5

 

Citation (use the database utility or Knight Cite, compare to Purdue OWL style guide, and make corrections):

"Ebola Virus." The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. Credo Reference.Web. 1 Mar 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Research Log

Item number: 6

 

Citation (use the database utility or Knight Cite, compare to Purdue OWL style guide, and make corrections):

Downs, Wilbur G., and Kenneth F. Kiple.  "Ebola Virus Disease." The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Credo Reference. Web. 1 Mar 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Research Log

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