Is This Real Life?

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Alright. So here’s my break-down on how my whole research process happened:


(SIDENOTE: I couldn’t figure out how to place the text around the pictures, so here goes)

As the pictures depict it, this journey wasn’t as easy as it sounded but when do research papers ever sound like they’re going to be a piece of cake to write? The last research paper that I wrote wasn’t like what we did throughout this semester preparing for it.

To begin the process I looked up an article that was super interesting and that actually caught my attention. The article “Five Everyday Pieces of Clothing With Shocking Health Risks” was something I looked up on my own since I wanted some kind of an article that had to do with health due to the fact that I’m into the medical field.

Next, we went to search for some books and more articles in the OSU Library database which made me go crazy since I had to use exact and detailed words to figure out what I wanted to find. Eventually I ran into a article which explained what facial piercings were for, what they were called, etc.

Finally, I looked around for some online articles that were related to my topic. I liked some of the quotes that were provided within the articles and therefore am going to use them in my paper to give it more detail.

This process has been sort of disorganized for me, however, I don’t regret being in this class because if I was in some other Comp 2 class I would’ve already written two other papers. Thank goodness for these blogs!

Caught my attention

The source that I found the most interesting was one that had to do with the general aspect of what piercings were, “Body Modification & Fashion” by Keshawn Willard. It caught my attention because it uses pictures to illustrate what/where the piercings look like as well as a description of them. One example of a piercing would look like this:

lip piercing example

Not only that, but they also included a picture of a girl with her tongue split in two because apparently that’s what is in these days (it was too gross to put a picture up).

The article gave main examples of what different piercings were and I found this useful for my research paper because I could use it to explain the different types of piercings that could potentially cause harm to ones health.

Searching for Sources

Searching for sources definitely isn’t my forte, however, when the time comes to write a paper, any type of information is gladly taken. My current experience in attempting to find an article or book over my topic was somewhat of a tedious process:

  1. Walk to my floor lounge
  2. Open up my laptop
  3. Connect to the school wifi (which in my case took FOREVER since Drummond wifi doesn’t work from the pleasure of my room)
  4. Look up my Cracked artice topic
  5. Open up the OSU Libaray database
    -Now here’s where I begin to stress out and want to pull my hair out-
  6. Search: health affected by piercings—-> No results
    Search: piercings affect health—-> No results
    Search: health and piercings—-> No results
    Search: (anything that had to do with health and piercings or just piercings
    in general)—->NOTHING

What I felt like doing to my laptop after the 849132849th time it told me there weren’t any results.

This was a continuous process that left me hopeless in the end.

Asked to find sources today at the library was not only difficult but also a hassle. As I wondered around the library database as well as the library itself, I found myself asking the question, “What am I really looking for?” Since the library database wasn’t my number one choice I went over to a librarian and she helped me out with finding a book that was related to my topic. 

After searching for my topic I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to specifically find one over the affects of having a facial piercing that could potentially damage your health, so I looked up just the word piercing and there I had about 90 books that were related to my search. I found an article on EBSCO host that introduces the style of having facial piercings as well as tattoos. I think having tattoos in my research paper is essential because not only does it fit in well with the aspect of “changing” your body but they also go hand in hand. That’s why I got a primary source about Kat Von D and her lifestyle: her book, High Voltage Tattoo.

There are also two books that I was looking for, however one was lost somewhere in the library and the other was in the Veterinary Medicine Library so I’m gradually continuing my search for sources.

Looking For Articles

Looking for articles over the topic of “clothes that affect your health” in the library’s database was difficult to find, that’s why I have decided to switch to the topic of how things around your office can “kill” you. Then, after searching for a subject over toxins in printers, I couldn’t find anything over the topic. However, when I searched for either “black mold toxins” or “toner in printer” each of the results gave me a “Public Health Report” article for both. Not only that but I also searched for other general main ideas of my topic and the search seemed to always end up with 1000 results no matter how broad I made the search. Then I searched for lighting since it affects our health and was mentioned in the Cracked article and came up with the article that has to do with the spectrum measurements of a light bulb and it looked as if it would help out some. I also found an article that would help me out that was about how sitting affected someone’s health through some statistics that were observed.

Relatable Source Pt. 2

Work. Unless you do what you love every day, you’re more likely to wake up looking like this…


Besides this cute picture of this little boy, the Cracked article 6 Ways Your Office Is Literally Killing You is basically trying to inform the audience of the different things around the office could potentially harm you. They try and get the audience attention through the many statistical facts through the different sources they use within the article.

For example, the writer says that a printer gives off a “toner” which can end up giving you a type of lung disease, siderosilicosis.

This article is the same as the one I wrote about on Blog Post 3, however it does have some similarities to the first article that I wrote about on Blog 2. For one, both have something to do with health and the fact that there are ways you could die from them. Not only does it have something to do with your health, but also the fact that they’re the weirdest ways to think about on how it could potentially hurt you.

Relatable Source

Going through one of the references, 6 Ways Your Office Is Literally Killing You by Kathy Benjamin is somewhat related to my previous Cracked article, 5 Pieces of Clothing With Shocking Health Risks because it describes another way people can potentially die from. To begin with, the article is basically informing those that work in an office place about the risks everyone is taking daily working in an office. For example, they include in the article that laser printers emit ozone and give off particles of toner which can then cause cancer and different forms of lung disease. Also, they add on that your office building makes you sick, “over-illumination” can hurt your eye sight due to the lighting in the office, motivational meetings can cause you to think suicidal thoughts, having a higher risk of a heart attack due to boredom, and sitting can also increase cancer and some kinds of heart disease.

Once again, this article relates to my main article because it has to do with how it can potentially hurt your health. This article has a lot of facts and statistics that it includes in order to keep it credible by using sources within it like: BBC News, CNN, and



Reliable Sources?

In my Cracked article the writer has many sources that back up their claims throughout the article. A couple of the sources comes from online medical journals, yet, some of them come from other articles like abc NEWS and BBC News. The point they’re trying to get across is “all we know is that you should probably avoid wearing the following common clothing items that are physically damaging, or in some cases even trying to outright kill you. Unless the look really fits with that new jacket you just bought.”


The way they come across explaining their argument is by being a bit sarcastic but at the same time they use a concerned tone when explaining what they are trying to get across. When they use the different sources, the writer makes their topic believable. Therefore, just clicking on the sources makes me comfortable in knowing that they have a credible source and that their results are correctly stated.

Finding the Perfect Cracked Article

Since I am very biased toward the health/medical field I decided to do look up an article that was somewhat related to the subject. I was looking for something that was more “in” as well as something that I could relate to and that I would enjoy doing a research paper over for the next couple of weeks.

I chose the article 5 Everyday Pieces of Clothing With Shocking Health Risks which is an article that has 5 different “proven” facts about how different types of clothes or accessories that we use every day could cause damage to our health. For example, one of the topics is that skinny jeans can cause nerve damage and the writer goes on explaining where and how he got this kind of information by using the article from that also refers to the same situation as the topic.

Although the writer of this article seems to have all his facts straight about the different things he talks about in the article, most of the sources come from articles themselves. Therefore, I’m not sure whether or not to trust what he’s getting me convinced to think or to prove him wrong by searching the same topic and doing some more research.

The article seemed interesting to me and therefore I’m sticking to this one to do my research paper over (for now).