Instructions for Report 1
Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle:
Annotated Bibliography
409a, 409b, 459--Spring 2002--G16
Dr. Leon James, Instructor

See Due Dates here   ||  See Also Separate General Instructions for Reports 1 and 2

1) The file name when you create and upload it must be called:  report1.html

2) Enter the Title field in the Page Properties as: 

Customizing My Emotional Spin Cycle: Annotated Bibliography Psych 409a ((or 409b or 459))--Spring 2002--G16 Dr. Leon James, Instructor

You can do this when you give the Save As...Command: it has a place you click on called Change Title. Type it in there.

3) The main title on top of the screen should have this information:

spinemotions.gif (15165 bytes)

My Emotional Spin Cycle--
The Four Options and the Two Bridges:
Annotated Bibliography

by Student Name or Pseudonym
Date: xxxxxx
See the Instructions for this Report

Note: the address for the instructions link is:

4) Type the report in your word processor and save it as a "Web page or HTML" (this is one of the options in the Save As... dialog box).  The file name when you create it or save it must be  report1.html 

5) This report should have the following sub-sections:

I) Introduction

Briefly describe the overall project basing yourself on the general instructions that apply to both Reports 1 and 2.  The address for those instructions is:

Make sure your description of the project include these items in your own words (do not quote):

  1. What is the spin cycle?

  2. Why is it called that?

  3. Who has it?

  4. Do you think it's widespread?

  5. Why do you think that?

  6. What is the Four Options Diagram and what are the options?

  7. Why are they called "options"?

  8. What is the bridge technique?

  9. What is the design of this project? (include: why the Web research for annotated bibliography (report1) and explain the design for report2)

After doing some research on the Web, define in your own words each of these four query statements, as you understand them:

  • "cognitive scripts" or schemas in relation to motivation or affect--first define then explain how this concept relates to the spin cycle.

  • "behavioral routines" in relation to socialization or enculturation-first define then explain how this concept relates to the spin cycle.

  • "cognitive appraisal" in relation to self-enhancing behavior-first define then explain how this concept relates to the spin cycle.

  • "emotional intelligence" in relation to productivity and success-first define then explain how this concept relates to the spin cycle.

Note that the sources you're looking for in the search, e.g., "cognitive scripts," has to have content that is related to motivation or affect. Not all sources you find on "cognitive scripts" will be so related. Similarly, when you look up "cognitive appraisal" you want to relate the information to self-enhancing behavior. Not all sources you find on "cognitive appraisal" will be so related. And so on with the other two queries. But note this: even if the source you pick doesn't discuss these relations, you must. So look for source content that you can relate to the specified topics (motivation or affect; socialization or enculturation; self-enhancing behavior; productivity and success).

You need to inter-relate the purpose and approach of the project with the definitions you give above. How do they go together, as far as you understand it? Remember: the project you're doing is fully described in the general instructions and in class discussions.

Note: You'll probably need to come back to amend this section (Introduction) after you finished the whole report when you'll have a better understanding of the issues involved.

II) Annotated Bibliography

Find a minimum of 5 sources for each of the four concepts you defined in section I.

Each source must be presented as follows:

(a) Start each source with: Source Number 1, Source Number 2, etc.

(b) Give an overall and informative summary of the source you selected (one paragraph).

(c) Explain how this selection is relevant to the spin cycle project (one paragraph).   Note: you'll need to reread the
general instructions in order to answer this appropriately. Be sure you're specific enough to relate to each sample summary in its own way.

(d) Paste one sample from the original source (either text, tables, graphics, etc.), in order to give a first hand look at the original. Make a link to the original. Be sure it works. The sample should not be too long and should be relevant.

Be sure you mark and set off the samples you present, as follows:

(blank line here)

===========Starting Source Number xx Here============

and then 

===========Ending Source Number xx Here===========

(blank line here)

Be sure you're consistent in your style so the eyes can get used to your page visually and easily figure out which paragraphs are your own and which are the pasted sample. You can also use the Table format to set off the pasted samples as well as indented format.

Remember: each source you use must have these four separate parts specified above: (a), (b), (c), and (d). To do a good job you'll need to think about each selection in relation to your project. Do not just repeat the same repetitive formula sentences. Each selection must be thought through for its own sake. This may be the most challenging part of your report and will influence your grade on how well you achieve this aspect.

Here are some model G16 reports that followed these instructions in an intelligent and pleasing way. Note that some of them use innovative features that are not in the instructions but add to the value of their report.







III) Bibliography. 

LIST all the numbered sources (again) with links to originals (numbers should correspond between the sources in the main section and in this list). This should include the Title of the Web site or article, authors or institution responsible, date accessed by you, and its link address.

Make sure all links to the sources do work.

6) At the bottom of your document be sure you have these two links to:

7) After saving the report in HTML open it in your Web browser and see what it looks like--it's not the same as in your word processor. Fix things in your word processor, save the file, then view the changes in your Web browser again (be sure to save first). Repeat this process until you're satisfied. In other words, you can view the report on your hard drive in a Web browser without having to upload it.  When it looks the way you want in your Web browser, then you are ready to upload it. See FTP instructions for uploading.


If you type your report in a word processor such as Microsoft Word, the software will save (a) the file report1.htm and (b) a folder called report1_files  This folder contains all the pictures in your report. Therefore YOU MUST upload both the file report1.htm and the folder report1_files in order for the pictures to show properly on the Web. If you use Front page or other Web editor, then you must upload each picture file separately, in addition to your report1.htm

6) Once it's uploaded, the whole world can see it. After uploading it, immediately go to the Web with your Web browser to see what your document looks like when it's actually on the Web:  the address of the student directory is:

Click on your folder, then on your file. Does it need further editing? If yes, go back to your word processor and work on the file you have on your hard drive or diskette, edit it, save it, then upload it again. It will automatically replace the old file with the latest version. Now go to the Web again with your Web browser and see the file again.  Be sure to test all your links--do they work properly? Continue this process of editing and uploading until you're satisfied.

Warning: Unless you have a lot of Web design experience (or willing to spend the time to learn) it is recommended that you do not use backgrounds or frames. Backgrounds reduce visibility of the text and your grade emphasizes visibility of the text as primary. Even colors as background tend to be too dark (unless you're willing to experiment with custom colors that allow you to control lightness and saturation). So your best bet is to leave the default white background and a regular default black font.

Your report will be evaluated in terms of these criteria:

(1) How closely you followed the instructions and demonstrate understanding of them.

(2) How much effort it amounts to in terms of research, writing, and presentation.

(3) How effective and pleasing is the presentation or appearance of the report.

(4) How much inventiveness is demonstrated in going beyond the instructions in an enriching way.

Avoid These Common Mistakes

1) When you look at your file with the Web browser click on the little icon at the top right with the double window, which shrinks your window size. Now look at your report to make sure the text shows in the smaller window as well as in the larger window. The text is always supposed to wrap or adjust to the window size. If it doesn't wrap (goes off the screen), find the reason and edit it out (e.g., a table whose width specification is fixed in pixels instead of in percentages (either is an option you click); Or another cause: the text wraps around a picture and there is no room (you need to separate the picture and the text).

2) The text is hard to see due to the dark background. Similarly with links: they are in blue on a black background and hard to read. Change the dark background to a lighter one, or use the default white.

3) It's not clear right away which part is your writing and which the copy/paste content from the source. Use separators, colored fonts, or tables with different background colors--as long as they are light or 'washed out'.

4) Forgetting to reread the instructions while you're typing it and after you've finished it (to make sure you didn't forget some item). The greater part of your grade is based on how well you've followed instructions in a thorough way.

5) Forgetting to read other students' reports after they are posted and before the corrected version is uploaded. You can pick up the good ideas they have and you can get a more objective perspective on your own report and what you need to do to imporve it.

6) Leaving paragraphs that are too long. Just break them up into smaller segments with a blank line between paragraphs for easier reading--never more han half a screenfull per paragraph, even if the original you quote is longer--break them up.

Special note for students who take two courses with Dr. James this semester or have taken a course before:

You need to consult with the instructor about doing an alternative project so you don't end up repeating the same project twice. This also applies to report 2.

See Due Dates here   ||  See Also Separate General Instructions for Reports 1 and 2

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