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GEC 5202 English for Academic Purposes 2

Livability Assignment 1A I - Research Log (5%)

Name: _ Or Siu Hin___ ____ T _____ Student No. _160636924_____

(Due Date: Week 5)

Assignment Topic:

1. Compared with other cities around the world, how “livable” is


Hong Kong?
2. Propose ways to improve the livability of Hong Kong.

Thesis Statement (optional): Main problem(s) identified, how does it negatively impact the
livability of Hong Kong + possible solutions

Supporting evidence/source to be used:


Example:
Full citation in Harvard Style:
Reference
Designing Hong Kong (2016) Hong Kong's Foam Plastic Pellet Crisis. Available at
http://www.designinghongkong.com/v4/newsletter/ (Accessed 18 January 2017).

Relevant section(s) quoted (copied) from the source (direct quote + in-text citation):
‘The volume of foam plastic pellets entering Hong Kong waters has reached crisis proportions.’
(Designing Hong Kong, 2016).

Relevant section(s) paraphrased/ summarized (+ in-text citation):


A recent study has found that the amount of foam plastic pellets flowing towards Hong Kong’s
harbours and rivers has risen to catastrophic levels (Designing Hong Kong, 2016).

How to use this source in my essay:


This source: ○ provides background ○ clarifies concepts (e.g., definitions/ explanations) ●
supports an argument (i.e., evidence)
○ others:

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GEC 5202 English for Academic Purposes 2

A. Academic Sources (journal articles, published books, etc.)


Source 1
Full citation in Harvard Style:
Tang, B. and Chung, Y. (2010). Space and scale: A study of development intensity and housing
price in Hong Kong. Landscape and Urban Planning, [online] 96(3), pp.172-182. Available at:
https://www-sciencedirect-
com.eproxy.vtclib9.vtc.edu.hk/science/article/pii/S0169204610000514#aep-bibliography-id21
[Accessed 6 Mar. 2018].

Relevant section(s) copied from the source (direct quote + in-text citation):
‘Population density in the main urban districts reached as high as 43,290 persons per sq. km
(2008 Government Data).’ (Tang and Chung, 2010)

Relevant section(s) paraphrased/ summarized (+ in-text citation):


According to the Government Data from 2008, every 43,290 persons shared each square
kilometer and it represent the high population density in the main urban districts(Tang and
Chung, 2010).

How to use this source in my essay:


This source: ● provides background ○ clarifies concepts (e.g., definitions/ explanations) ○
supports an argument (i.e., evidence)
○ others:

Source 2
Full citation in Harvard Style:
Yung, B. & Lee, F. 2014, "'Equal right to housing' in Hong Kong housing policy: perspectives from
disadvantaged groups", Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 563-
582. Available at: http://dx.doi.org.eproxy.vtclib9.vtc.edu.hk:2048/10.1007/s10901-013-9365-2
Retrieved from https://search-proquest-
com.eproxy.vtclib9.vtc.edu.hk/docview/1609060542?accountid=29075

Relevant section(s) copied from the source (direct quote + in-text citation):
‘This may create hardship to low-income private tenants who are ‘forced’
to move from one place to another among low-cost private housing due to unaffordable
rent increase (Yung and Lee 2012).’ (Yung and Lee, 2014)

Relevant section(s) paraphrased/ summarized (+ in-text citation):


The unaffordable rental rise of low-cost private housing compel the low-income private tenants
to move away to another place (Yung and Lee, 2014).

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How to use this source in my essay:

This source: ○ provides background ○ clarifies concepts (e.g., definitions/ explanations) ●


supports an argument (i.e., evidence)
○ others:
Source 3
Full citation in Harvard Style:
Lam, K. (2016). The Responsiveness of Hong Kong Private Residential Housing Prices.
International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, [online] 6(1), pp.26-36. Available at:
https://search-proquest-com.eproxy.vtclib9.vtc.edu.hk/docview/1762628415?pq-
origsite=summon [Accessed 6 Mar. 2018].

Relevant section(s) copied from the source (direct quote + in-text citation):
‘Using median house price to annual median household income ratio (PIR) as the barometer, Hong Kong
(private residential) housing price has again been rated the least affordable by Demographia (2015a).’
(Lam, 2016)

Relevant section(s) paraphrased/ summarized (+ in-text citation):


Demographia (2015a) has scored Hong Kong as the place with the least affordable private
residential housing price due to the median house price to annual median household income ratio
(Lam, 2016).

How to use this source in my essay:


This source: ○ provides background ○ clarifies concepts (e.g., definitions/ explanations) ●
supports an argument (i.e., evidence)
○ others:
(Feel free to create more cells by copying the above template if you have consulted more than three
academic sources in your research.)

B. Other ‘reliable ‘sources (news articles, government/NGO reports, official websites, etc.)
Source 1
Full citation in Harvard Style:
South China Morning Post. (2018). Time for Hong Kong to think out of the box to solve its
liveability crisis. [online] Available at: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-
environment/article/2049263/time-hong-kong-think-out-box-solve-its-liveability [Accessed 6
Mar. 2018].

Relevant section(s) copied from the source (direct quote + in-text citation):
‘A survey by local think tank Civic Exchange released in October showed that seven out of 10
Hongkongers thought the city had become a worse place to live, with more than 40 per cent
saying they would leave if given the chance.’ (South China Morning Post, 2018)

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Relevant section(s) paraphrased/ summarized (+ in-text citation):


Local think tank Civic Exchange surveyed that about 70 percent Hongkongers consider Hong
Kong has turned into a worse place to live and over 40 percent people decided to escape if
there are any chance (South China Morning Post, 2018).
How to use this source in my essay:

This source: ● provides background ○ clarifies concepts (e.g., definitions/ explanations) ○


supports an argument (i.e., evidence)
○ others:
Source 2
Full citation in Harvard Style:
Information Service Office, CUHK. (2018). Edward Yiu: The livability of the city has deteriorated.
[online] Available at:
http://www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/english/publications/newsletter/article.aspx?articleid=61382
[Accessed 6 Mar. 2018].

Relevant section(s) copied from the source (direct quote + in-text citation):
‘House prices in most cities around the world are only slightly higher than their costs. The
situation in Hong Kong is strange. Construction costs make up only one-third to one-fifth of
house prices.’ (Information Service Office, CUHK, 2018)

Relevant section(s) paraphrased/ summarized (+ in-text citation):


The housing price in Hong Kong is three to five times to the construction costs and it is
abnormal with compared to most of the international cities where the prices are only a little
higher than the costs (Information Service Office, CUHK, 2018).
How to use this source in my essay:

This source: ● provides background ○ clarifies concepts (e.g., definitions/ explanations) ○


supports an argument (i.e., evidence)
○ others:

(Feel free to create more cells by copying the above template if you have consulted more than two
‘reliable’ sources in your research/reading.)

C. Questions for your tutor: (optional)