Archive for August, 2011

Community Districts and NYC.gov

August 29th, 2011 by Jack Styczynski

Points of emphasis for critical thinking:

  1. NYC.gov is going to be a (if not the) primary research source for your Community District.
  2. Like almost all government web sites, the bulk of “the good stuff” is buried deep within NYC.gov.  Never think the home page of a government web site is going to be intuitive.  You need to dig.
  3. Do you necessarily trust every piece of information released by the government?

Along with NYC.gov, the following resources may also help you compile information for your beat memo:

My colleague Barbara Gray also has also compiled a CD resource guide that will help with your beat memo (CUNY WordPress login required).

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

August 26th, 2011 by Jack Styczynski

Welcome to “The Craft of Research,” the official research blog for the Fall 2011 Craft I class of David Lewis and Ellen Tumposky.  It’s the spot for research lessons, handouts, assignments, news, tips and whatever else comes up during the semester.

My name is Jack Styczynski and this is my fourth year here as a research adjunct.  If you need to know all my bona fides, click here.

Otherwise, get ready for a ton of fun!  In short order, you’ll begin to grasp the vast power of research.

Now for a bit of what’s been going on in my domain since I last posted… (more…)