Day3 I went to the library again today, hoping can find some journal or some reference books on Portalsite. But I knew it is quite difficult to find some materials in this specific field. I would still give a shoot. Half an hour past, yet I still didnt see a word about portalsite in the reference section. The reference books on computer in the library were pretty outdated (no offence^ ^), so I was not able to find anything about the newly developed field in Internet.

All I could find is some general introduction to portalsite in some life-stylistic periodicals. The materials I found were surely no strong enough to support my point, or I could say they couldnt give me some point to talk about. They just simply described what is portalsite; which site is considered good portalsite so far; how can a portalsite help us on the Internet and how intense the competition is about portalsite. These things can just give reader a rough outline about the portalsite, I felt I didnt have a lot to write to talk to argue about. A portalsite is a portalsite, we dont have something serious to argue.

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At most, we can just argue about a specific site is good or not; or what is the standard pattern for an efficient portalsite. According to what we learned in todays class, controversy is always playing a important role in research paper. Any paper without controversy is generally not considered a good research paper. In the topic of portalsite, I can hardly apply any real controversy. After todays research work, I began to worry about my topic. But I will stick to it.

People who always easily give up will never experience the joy of success after hard working. I hope things will become easier as I continue my research. Portalsite will be turned in tomorrow as my initial topic. Day1 Its the first week of the quarter, and the teacher has already informed us what is our final. We have a lot of time to do the preparation in this way. Though, the goal is pretty tough for me and my poor English.

The goal is a nice research paper, and hard working is the only way to approach. The research paper is successful or not really depends on the topic. And this is where I begin the work. Sitting in the library quietly, I tried to grab every sparks in my brain. The impeachment; The bombing to Iraq; Usage of forest source; Is human right in China really bad? After I made a list of all topics, I began to analyze the possibility of each one. Too many papers based on this topic; I cant find strong evidence on this one; This topic is a little bit one-sided Soon, I turned down all these topics.

I knew some of them can be a good topic, but what I want is people really concern, some thing really effect our lives. So I went to the librarian for advice. As I expected, she is very helpful. She told me that some time a small topic is better, especially for newcomer like me. A global issue is certainly very attractive, but most amateurs can manage it very well. In the opposite, local issue, small issue is easy to manage comparing to glabal one.

Yet she still encouraged me to explore every topic I am interesting in and make my decision after that. It will certainly help. She said. Meanwhile, I browsed round in the library, trying to be familiar with all the stuffs. I knew I would have a lot to do with library this quarter.

Day2 I have idled online for almost three hours. Read and replied email; browsed sport news; chattedI didnt plan to explore my topic today. But an online journal changed my mind. This was a journal in PC-World, named Portalsite. Portalsite is a newly developed word about Internet.

It refers to the web site that you make it as your home site. In another words, every time you access to Internet, your Internet browser will visit your portalsite as default. For example, S.C.C.C s web site is the portalsite when you are using computer in the lab to access Internet. If you are using the computer in the library, the librarys web page is your portalsite. I myself have assigned a Chinese news site as my portalsite at home.

The journal talked about the recent change of portalsite. The world largest portalsite currently is Yahoo! Meanwhile, many large media corporations are trying to develop a better web site to challenge Yahoo! Internet not only have brought people extremely large amount of information but also brought company business. Yahoo!s stock holders can surely tell that, Yahoo! now is about 10 times as its original price. The great benefit has attract other corporation, like W.B., FOX, CBS etc., to involve the competition of portalsite. As net-fans, the journal has brought me a lot of interest for the portalsite.

I thought this is a kind of cool stuff to talk about. Its about peoples everyday lives. And I have some knowledge about computer and Internet, to manage this topic should not be a big problem to me. I finally picked a topic accidentally. Some time you want to get it so hard, yet you cant get it.

And some time things just jump up to you. Day4 I have already turned in my topic, but the research is processing extremely slowly. You can say I am struck in the research for portalsite. Even the Word97 is taking this word PORTALSITE as a spelling error when I am typing this log. I tried ProQuest Direct today, I tried Yahoo! today, I tried HotBot today.

The search engine almost took a decade to pop out the result page, and I still nearly found nothing. It made me wonder if I have misspelling the word poralsite. When I went back to the journal that I first saw this word, its correct. Finally I found another journal on portalsite, but, its a web site in Chinese and it just talked about how the portalsite competition would affect the IT (information technology) stocks. How was I going to use this source? If you are stuck, go to the librarian for help.

Mrs. Ford told us many times in the class. This is the only hope for me now. After she listened to my story patiently, the librarian said nothing but suggested me to change the topic. In fact, I kept thinking of changing the topic for time to time. But if I decided to drop this topic, it would have made me feel been beaten.

Been defensive, I stuck to this topic even if I wanted to drop it badly. I told the lady my thought. She said what I was doing was totally unnecessary and it would do me no good. You are not beaten, you are just trying to find a different, a more efficient way to approach success. Yeah, success, why not? I like the word success! OK, I am going to change it, no more defensive thought.

Librarians are really fortune for us, otherwise I would still sit at the computer, kept browsing aimlessly. Day5 After dropped my initial topic of Portalsite, I decided to take days off from the computer. It was a rather good idea to read others paper, and learn something from them. I read The New Immigrants: Asset or Burden? by Shirley Macalbe in the textbook. The paper has really amazed me.

The writer is at my age, and she is so good at writing. The paper looked like some official report or journal from magazine, I can never write something like that, not even looks like, not even in Chinese. The writing method in a research paper is totally different form I used to use. In grammar school, I could just write narrative paper; in high school, I began to write informational paper. Right up to last quarter, in English101, I was still working on my narrative writing skill.

Its good to have quite a long period of training of narrative writing skill, cause it is very important for all kinds of paper. However, the lack for training of research paper made me have no idea about how to write a research paper, even though I have a bunch of strong materials in front of me. Macalbes paper brought me some ideas of what should a research paper look like and how is the paper organized. Outline =>Body =>Citation. In addition, the paper somehow changed my imagination of a research paper. I thought research paper was just a lot of materials and sources squeezed together and the writer just has to put his/her comment at the end of the paper.

I began to realize that I still got a lot of works to do if I wanted to turn in a nice research paper in final. Day6 I sat at the computer, browsing online as usual. A piece of news from Seattle Times has caught my sight SCOTTISH SCIENTIST WANTS TO CLONE HUMAN EMBRYOS. The news said, The Scottish scientist who cloned Dolly the lamb now wants to clone human embryos and is seeking commercial and academic partners for the venture; Dr. Ian Wilmu …