Blog Assignment #1: LC Classifications and Academic Disciplines

What are the three most appropriate Library of Congress Classifications for the topic you are most likely to research? Find the narrowest, most specific classifications that you can by using the browse function of the NCSU Library catalog or by using the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
In your commentary, please tell how you found these classifications and explain why you think they are appropriate for the topic you will probably be researching (tell us what that is).
When reflecting on the process, you might discuss one or more of these questions, or anything else that’s on your mind: How close is your major (your academic discipline) to these classifications? Does your topic have a lot of “scatter” — in other words, does your topic fit into several academic disciplines? Does it really fit well into any discipline? Are you thinking about several different topics to research? How different are those topics from each other? Is there anything weird or inadequate about these classifications? What might be the reason for that?
Please submit your assignment as a comment to this post before 3pm on Monday, 1/29.

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    • Adam Nock
    • January 28th, 2007

    My topic will be “how teachers can create better lesson plans to teach their students.” This fits into Education, Theory and practice of education, and then Systems of individual educators and writers. It may also fit into Science, and Mathematics because I may focus on math education instead of general education. This is very related to my major because I am a double major in Math Education and Math.

    • Maggie Hennessy
    • January 28th, 2007

    I’m majoring in Environmental Engineering, so I want my research question to pertain to some form of environmental technology or policy. As of right now, I want my research question to be “How much of a role do environmental policies play in the planning of cities?” The broadest LC category that would pertain to my topic is “Technology”. From there information from my topic will include “General and Civil Engineering” and then “Environmental Engineering” and “Environmental Management” and “Management of engineering works”. some economic and social aspects of this topic must also be taken into consideration. Because so many people want to have an influence in the planning of cities, I think it will be interesting to see how much influence environmental issues have over laying out a city.

    • Amber Joyner
    • January 28th, 2007

    My topic will pertain to some element of the role of politics in the expansion of free trade (probably NAFTA). The three Library of Congress classifications pertaining to this subject are “Political Institutions and Public Administration” which will help in researching the political structures behind the formation of policy dealing with free trade; “Political Non-Governmental Organizations” a sub-class of “International Relations” which will help deal with the aspect of International affairs in free commerce, such as the benefits and disadvantages for the US as well as others in the global economy; and “Tariff. Free Trade. Pratectionism” which deals more directly with my subject. I am majoring in Political Science and Business Management, so this topic deals directly with both my areas of study as the two are very interrelated to begin with. This topic is of interest to me because it reflects the intricacy of our political and economic system within the United States, as well as the role our decisions play in the global community.

    • Dylan Selinger
    • January 28th, 2007

    I am currently majoring in Engineering, but I’m undecided as far as what kind. I am minoring in Outdoor Leadership, and I’m thinking about possibly changing my major to Parks and Recreation with a concentration in Commercial tourism? It’s just all up in the air right now. I’m interested in the broad topic of how leisure and recreation effects individuals and their interactions with their environment and perceived level of stress. I’m not completely sure what my topic will be, but I already know some people who are experts in the field who will be able to help me narrow my topic. The broad topic falls into the category (G — GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION) and the subclass is (Subclass GV Recreation. Leisure) This subclass cover a wide variety of topic dealing with recreation such as sports management, games, and other forms of recreation. I may also consult other classifications including Psychology (B) and Social Sciences (H) I performed a search in the library catalog and then looked where the article was classified to figure out my Congress Classification letters. I think that I will be able to find a lot of information on the subject, and it is one that is growing in interest today. This topic is essential to everyones lives because all of us participate in leisure activities and we all need to have recreation to survive.

  1. RESEARCH QUESTION: Still haven’t nailed down the exact phrasing, but it essentially boils down to “what is needed to develop, construct, and maintain a quasi-independent human settlement in space?”
    MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering/Political Science
    AREAS: The most obvious area this would cover is in the “Technology” classification. Under this, Environmental technology/engineering, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Electrical engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics (TN1-TN997), and Manufactures would all be applicable. I’m not sure which one would be the most prominent.
    I anticipate that the technological area will be my primary focus in the paper, (because of both length constraints and it’s the most interesting to me), but other areas would definitely be important to someone actually going about doing what I am studying. For instance, the nature of the colony’s relationship with Earth and its internal form of government would be very important to insure stability and long-term viability of the settlement. This would include the area of Political Science (J). Furthermore, Social Sciences would also play a plarge role in planning the colony, (for instance, what size of human population is the most stable?). This would bring us to consider category H (a scattering of subtopics in here).
    OTHER QUESTIONS: I do feel that the LOC classification system is not a good fit for my topic, primarily because the engineering topics are crowded under the heading of technology. While this makes sense on one level, when you really start to dive into what material you need, it starts to get a little strange (like, why are cars and planes and rocketships in the same category but photography gets its own special category?) Also, I think I am going to end up looking for a lot of multi-disciplinary information, which may not be well dealt with in the LOC system (past searches online have pointed towards this conclusion, but that may be because I don’t know what I am doing more than anything else).

    • Genevieve Pike
    • January 28th, 2007

    I am not quite sure of what exactly I want my research question to be, but I do know I would like it to reflect my major so I can later pursue my Capstone Project in the same area. My major is Paper Science and Engineering. I am particularly interested in the technology and methods used to produce bleached pulp. I used the browse feature in the NCSU Libraries Catalog to find the most appropriate Library of Congress Classifciations. I began by clicking on Science (Q) then Chemistry (QD) since pulping is related to chemical engineering. However, this did not turn up any results. I then clicked on Technology (T) followed by Chemical Technology (TP1) but I still could not find anything relating to pulp and paper technologies. I went back to the Technology (T) then clicked on Manufactures (TS1) since paper is “manufactured”. Then, to my luck there was Paper manufacture and trade (TS1080-TS1268). This classfication will most likely be the one I rely on the most. However, I may refer to the Chemistry (QD) and Chemical Technology (TP1) since bleaching is a heavily chemical process. This topic interests me because this is my major and there is always a desire to increase efficiency and get rid of that awful paper mill stench.

    • Myra Fulp
    • January 28th, 2007

    I am majoring in Biochemistry and I plan on applying to medical school next year. In my research of the profession I have found out about a growing problem that the United States will be facing in the near future. As baby boomers are approaching retirement and old age, the country’s medical system will be pushed to the limit. I think the most relevant sources can be found under (H) for social sciences, (HQ1-HQ2044) The family, marraige, women, and (HQ1060 – HQ1064) Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement. I found these sources by using the browse function of the NCSU library catalog and also by doing a keyword search of “Ageing and Society” and checking for the library of congress classifications.

    • Patrick Proctor
    • January 28th, 2007

    I am a pre-med Biochemistry major, so I tried to find a currently relevant topic in a medicine-related field. I will research the possible health hazards posed by CT scans. CT scans are very widely and frequently used by hospitals in the United States and throughout the world, but many scientists claim that the procedure exposes patients to risks that are more severe than most referring physicians are aware of. This topic is mostly within the category of medicine, but also involves a bit of physics. Using the browse function of the NCSU Library catalog, the three most relevant source categories are: R895-R920 Medical Physics.Medical Radiology.Nuclear medicine, RC78-RC78.50 Radiography. Roentgenography, and RC254-RC282 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology. I believe that these three sources will be of most use to me because they will allow me to research how CT scans are done, what effect the resulting radiation can have on human tissue, and what types of radiation-related health risks might be expected after exposure.

    • Amy Stepp
    • January 28th, 2007

    I am not quite sure yet what I want my research question to be yet. However, I am majoring in biomedical engineering, and I am really looking into going with EWH to Tanzania for a summer to be trained in fixing medical equipment and then be placed in a local hospital to utilize those skills. My dream is to go back to Africa after I graduate to work for at least two years. This really leads me to want to research about a topic leaning more towards the service aspect that biomedical engineering can be used for. I’m thinking something along the lines of “would a rise in biomedical or bioengineering in developing countries affect their existing infrastructure?” (obviously that could get more detailed)
    Then again, I am also interested in a more research-oriented question in the field. I did some research with microfluidics last summer. It would be interesting to research the change in nanotechnology over a recent span of years. It would expand my understanding of the field and would perhaps give me new ideas if I ever decide to go back to the lab.
    While searching, I wanted to sort of be washed over with all of the topics that I could find that would help me narrow my topic.
    I expanded on my microfluidic interest by browsing for specific fields. I found many related materials in the Medicine – Medicine (General) section. Not only did this section have many matches for microfluidics, but it also had information relating to my first interest. There is a section on Biomedical Engineering. Electronics. Instrumentation. as a subsection of Medicine that would be helpful to look up current and past technology for nanotechnology or even to find case studies of developing countries. Other than these two sections, the materials related to my topics are quite spread. There is information in Technology – Technology (General), Technology – Engineering (General), and Science – Science (General). Biomedical engineering is inherently a field that exists with the help of several fields. Borrowing ideas from electrical and mechanical engineering to biology and medicine, there are so many directions you can go with the field. I think that I need a little more time to simmer on it.

    • Diana Tysinger
    • January 28th, 2007

    I am majoring in chemical engineering and would like to write a paper in that area. I am considering writing about the applications of the “bucky ball” but i am not decided that that is what i would write on. I have googles it and come up with a few documents, but none that i really wanted to pursue. This paper topic would fall under science (LC classification Q). It also would fall under chemistry, chemical engineering, and perhaps even nanoscience. It will require more research to formulate an appropriate research question.

    • Meagan Stewart
    • January 29th, 2007

    Research Topic: I am majoring in Chemical Engineering, and I am currently in the process of applying for internships or undergraduate research opportunities in the field of neuroscience. Thusly, my research for this semester is going to be in the direction of neurodegeneration, and my research question is going to be something like: ?What are the causes of neurodegeneration, and how does this lead to Parkinson?s disease? Can Parkinson?s (or neurodegeneration) be detected earlier and prevented?? My grandfather had Parkinson?s disease and my father suffers from nerve degeneration, so I am very interested in this topic, for reasons outside of my major.
    Disciplinary Categories: The primary scholarly disciplines for this topic are ?Science? (Q) and ?Medicine? (R). I found this by keyword searching under catalog for neurodegeneration, as well as Parkinson?s disease, and both Science and Medicine contained both. Under Parkinson?s disease, it could also follow under the ?Public aspects of medicine? (RA1-RA1270) or ?Internal Medicine? (RC31-RC1245). The majority of my paper will be focused on the causes of Parkinson?s disease (which is neurodegeneration) and what research is being done to end it before it starts, so I believe the ?Science? discipline will be utilized more in my paper, rather than focusing on what is being done to treat the symptoms, which seems to me to be more along the lines of ?Medicine.? I thought technology would contain some parts of this subject, but I did not find my topic under that discipline at all.
    I had trouble narrowing down my topic to Parkinson?s disease because I am interested in how neurodegeneration happens, why it happens, and how it affects many different diseases (Alzhimer?s, Epilecy, bipolar, etc). But I felt that for the length of the paper I needed to narrow it to just one disease. I anticipate that I will be rewording/reformatting my question to make it more specific, and I am still not completely sure I want to research Parkinson?s disease in particular, because nerve degeneration is the cause of so many other problems as well.

    • Tria Metzler
    • January 29th, 2007

    My topic will discuss how television shows such as Sex and the City affect the self-image of their female audiences. This research question is somewhat difficult to classify as it pertains to both women’s studies as well as pyschology. Although the focus is on pyschology, there is no underlying psychology category that deals specifically with women. As I would be studying the effects on women alone, I would be better off researching articles underneath the “Social Science”, “The Family. Marriage. & Women.”, and “Women. Feminism” tab. However, the general “Pyschology” option should provide some great intial/background research that I can then use to branch out into the women-specific subject. Another relevant subject is the category of “Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior” as the show Sex & the City obviously deals a lot with how women, their personal lives, and what they consider apporopriate behavior.
    This topic has very little to do with my major of Animal Science, but I thought it would be an interesting topic to pursue provided I can find enough information. My next step is to explore the subject area a little further and decide if enough information and research exists.

    • Joseph Barton
    • January 29th, 2007

    When I used the NCSU library catalog to search for textiles, every Library of Congress classification had something to do with it, even music. So I know that even when I do get more specific in my searches, I will be able to pull from many disciplines to gain more perspectives. Primarily, however, I would like to focus on the scientific aspects of textiles, especially fibers and their polymer make-up. Therefore, I would assume that most of my research will be from the Q classification.
    I am double majoring in Textile Engineering and Physics, and I primarily chose these majors because of the vast research that currently goes into the study of the physical properties of textiles. In fact, I am anticipating that I will be greatly overwhelmed with information on this topic. Most of the information on textiles in my search of the NCSU library catalog and the Library of Congress Classification Outline was on the physical properties and the new technology associated with textiles. So I come to my next question: How will I sift through this wealth of interesting topics to choose one to focus on?
    I noticed on the syllabus that we would be conducting an interview with a professional in our field of research, so I browsed through the biographies of the professors at the College of Textiles and noticed a professor who primarily focuses on textile physics in his research. I set up an appointment with him for Tuesday to discuss my project! Dr. Gupta responded to my email within an hour (after 6pm) very excited to help me out. His most recent publication is friction in textiles, which is a unique study in the field. Talking to Dr. Gupta will definitely narrow my search to something more sizeable. In conclusion I expect to pull from at least four different classifications in my project: Q, for the core scientific properties and methods; T, for a general technology application perspective; R, for medical applications where physical properties are extremely vital; and H, for the possible social impact of applying this technology.
    On a side note, instead of writing on this blog on Sunday night as I planned, I watched this Discovery Channel special on technology fifty years in the future. There were many marvels that involved textiles (the material of the future), but one that particularly stood out was the ?elevator to space?. Research by NASA has been going on for this project for many years already. One of the biggest setbacks is finding a textile material to tether the way to the top (and back). Kevlar and Spectra have already been tested, but something tells me NCSU may gain another contract with NASA to add to our space suit design project. I may even direct my research for this class for a possible material that might work!

    • Nikki Harris
    • January 29th, 2007

    In the past, I have always done my research papers on human embryonic stem cell research. But I have decided to change things up for this project. As a chemistry major, it would be logical to do chemical research. However, the topics I found in chemistry were either too broad or to specific and would require actual lab research. As an avid watcher of The Weather Channel, I have decided to focus on another one of my interests: the weather. I don’t have an exact research question, but I plan to research El Nino this semester. The most broad LC category that my topic fits into is Science (Q). Then I can filter down to physics, and under physics, meterology and climatolgy. My topic fits well into meterological optics because El Nino is studied by meterologists. My topic also fits into climatiolgy because El Nino also has an effect on the climate and weather. My topic doesn’t fit into just one category, but multiple sub-categories that all fit together. I have a few ideas about what I want to research, such as: How does El Nino play a role in the weather? How long have scientists known about El Nino? What exactly is El Nino? Where is it and how does it start? How long does it last and how often does it occur? Obviously this topic falls under the LC categories discussed above.
    My topic does not match up with my major, but instead it reflects my own interest. I am very excited to research the topic I came up with (finally)! I have always wondered about El Nino and I know a few things about it, but I look foward to learning more about it. I may even investigate if El Nino has any effect on “global warming.” I put “global warming” in quotes because I personally do not believe “global warming” exists. This year we are in an El Nino year, and that is why the winter has been mild so far. I believe the earth is undergoing natural warming before going into an ice age. But this is something I can look into for my research. I might be branching out too far if I also explore global warming, so I might have to narrow my topic more. Only time and research will tell. But since my tpic doesn’t fit with my major, I guess I can’t really use if for my capstone project, but it will still be fun to investigate.
    I am very excited about researching my topic! In the past, I have never gotten excited about the dreaded research paper. I am interested in exploring all the different aspects of my topic. It took me a while to find a topic, but now I am satisfied with my wait. The next thing I need to do is to explore the LC categories that my topic falls under so I can establish an exact research question and begin my research.

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