By looking at my final paper I think you can see that I have improved in both the things I wanted to when I started the class. For starters, I did quite a lot of research, collecting a total of 11 sources from a variety of different places. These sources covered a number of topics, but also got specific, showing that I was able to understand both the broad picture and the details in my research for the paper.
For instance, the sources I got at the beginning of the paper covered the topic from a general perspective, as shown by Kingsolver’s quotes on the different ideas about problems caused by technology. But then, I was able to use several articles from different places to show how widespread these concerns were. Also, even though the topics they covered are not identical, I was able to show enough information so that the reader of my paper got a good idea of each issue and showed how it related to the whole.
One other reason for this working is because I organized the paper in a way that went from general to specific before going back to general again. I started with an argument that technology can cause problems as well as solve them. Then, I discussed Kingsolver’s article on the issue. After this, I used specific examples, one after the other, that supported my argument. Finally, in the conclusion of the paper, I briefly talked about what the examples meant before using them to drive home my first argument. I think that this shows I have met the goals I set for myself.
However, even though I have improved I think I would like to get even better before I were to start work. For instance, in my future papers I would like to use more books and articles from journals written by professional scholars. That way, I could get even more specific and make an even better argument. I think I can also work on the way I organize my paragraphs and ideas a bit more.
In short, even though I may still have a ways to