At the sound of the gravel crunching beneath my feet, I walk across the driveway out into the barn, and see a familiar face peek out of the stall. I hear the welcome of a low warm nicker, like every morning at this time. This is my routine, excuse me, our routine. It is a routine I will happily wake up to repeat every morning for the rest of my life. My horse’s low warm nicker is what gets me out of bed every morning. My horse is what brings a smile to my face every morning, no matter how tired I am. He makes sure I smile every day. Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” In my case, this has always been a true statement. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been mesmerized by horses.
When I was seven I attended C-Bar Stables, a beginner horseback riding camp. I got a taste of what the horse life was like, and that is where my obsession started. I spent seven days riding for hours, taking care of my assigned horse, and learning the basics of horse care. My assigned horse was a sixteen year old Chestnut Quarter Horse named Cocoa. I adored her. When my parents picked me up at the end of the camp I was exhausted, I literally slept for twenty-four hours straight.
My parents bought me my first horse when I was eight, a beautiful eight year old bay and white paint named Valontine. Valontine is the best teacher I could have ever asked for. He has taught me several of life’s most valuable lessons without saying a word. He is gentle, respectful, and forgiving. He has taught me the responsibility that is required to take care of something that relies on you for everything. He has taught me to be patient, kind, and understanding. He has taught me to work hard, to make an effort, and to stay dedicated. Valontine, and every horse that I have encountered, has made me into the person I am today.
Purpose: To gain experience locating peer-reviewed communication research articles and demonstrate knowledge of how to appropriately cite research using APA style. You will also gain knowledge of the various topics researched by professors here at SDSU’s School of Communication.
Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) Met by This Assignment:
SLO #3: Comprehend the basic steps involved in conducting typical forms of communication research
SLO #5: Become familiar with the process of library-based research and scholarly documentation
Format: Follow APA 7th edition guidelines for creating a References page (see Step 3 below). You will complete Step 4 below on page two of this same document. Please ensure everything in your entire submission is double-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
1. Watch the lecture videos and read the accompanying PowerPoints about Locating Research and APA Style.
2. Locate 5 research articles. Please note that for this assignment I am only looking for peer-reviewed research articles and no academic books, textbooks, chapters in edited volumes, or other types of sources. Here’s some stipulations:
One of the five research articles must be solo-authored (i.e., only one author).
One of the five research articles must have two authors
Three of the five research articles must have three or more authors.
All five references you find must be authored by at least one tenured or tenure-track SDSU communication professor:
It is okay if not every author listed on the research is an SDSU communication faculty member, but at least one author from each piece of research article needs to be from the list above. It is also okay if the person from the list above authored the study you found while at a different institution (e.g., you could use an article written by Yea-Wen Chen when she was a professor at Ohio University).
3. Create a References page that includes the five pieces of research you located cited in proper APA style (NOTE: be sure to use the newly released APA 7th edition guidelines—not the now outdated APA 6th edition guidelines). Please note that on a References page, you order your citations based on the first author’s last name for each article you are citing (e.g., an article by Ray