Essay 5: Impact of big data on Information technology

Essay 5: Impact of big data on Information technology

Essay 5: Impact of big data on Information technology

The ability to use advanced search techniques to gather information for research purposes

Writing a research paper using in text Modern Language Association (MLA) citations

To gain experience using various advanced features of Word 2013.

You may use the Microsoft 2013 Office Text Manual and the Online Word Help (Online Word Help is available by clicking the “?” located in the upper right hand corner of Word Tool Bar) to assist developing your project.

Paper Topic:

Big Data:

You should address and discuss the following?

What is the big data? What are the characteristics of the big data?

Then, you only choose one subtopic that is related to your major.

The impact of big data on Information technology

Purpose: This lab will have students search known resources for information on their respective major/minor field of study. The material will then be presented in a Word document consisting of 1 to 1 ½ page two-column/newsletter type report/flyer. You will also reinforce searching techniques, use of references/citations, and reporting information

Description: Students will select and research sources that they are currently aware of on their selected topic. You are required to use at least three different reference sources on your topic. After using the advanced search features and gathering information on your selected topic, you are to write (in your own word) a summary of your findings citing your reference sources. All references are to be cited using MLA format. You are encouraged to explore using Word’s capacity to list your references in a Bibliography. This feature allows you to use the Cross-Reference capabilities of Word to easily cite your references in your report.

Assemble a Word document in a two-column/newspaper flyer format reporting your findings. The basic font for the paper is Times New Roman, 12 Point. It must contain: page header, columns, source write-up (bibliography), cited references, visuals, italic, bold, centered, fully-justified, line spacing changes, highlight, changes in color of text and changes in fonts. Use Word 2013’s Contextual “References” feature to insert citations and additional references. A separate one page, single column complete bibliography will accompany this assignment on the last page of the Word document.


Grading Matrix:

3 points – three different sources

3 points – summary of this issue

3 points – references to your sources with in-text citations

3 points – two-column/newspaper flyer format

3 points – source write-up (bibliography) single column

1 point – page header: centered as follows:

Line One – bold – Paper Title

Line Two – Your Name

Line Three – Course Number and Section

1 point – visuals

1 point – italic

1 point – bold

1 point – centered

1 point – fully-justified (justify)

1 point – line spacing changes

1 point – highlight

1 point – color of text

1 point – fonts


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.