Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hopkins EDCO 280, APA citation games

 Group One:  Website  Article
Group Two:  Website  Article
Group Three: Website Article
Group Four: Website Article
Group Five: Website Article
Group Six: Website Article
Group Seven: Website Article
Group Eight Website Article


Here are some links to games that will help you strengthen your APA citation skills.
To Cite, or NOT To Cite
     This matching game will help you learn when you need to cite something and when it is not necessary to cite.

APA Psych Out
     Ten multiple choice questions to help you recognize the elements of APA format. Can you get all 50 points?  From Williams and Mt. Holyoke College.

APA sample citations from the Purdue OWL
     Use the links in the left menu box to go directly to the help you need.






Friday, February 2, 2018

What Skills do Employers want?

Georgetown University produced this graphic that lists the skills employers most commonly mention in job ads.  Look at the Foundational Skills.  How many of these skills do you use everyday?  Which skills do you need to develop?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fake News Evaluation

Test News Story

A. Evaluation Criteria:

1. Who wrote it?  What are the author's credentials?
2. What claims are made?  Can you verify those claims?
3. When was it published?  When did the event it was covering happen?  (Note: "Breaking news" is often inacccurate.)
4. Where was the article published?  Online or in a print publication?  Is there any proximity to the news event?
5. Does the writing style or the claims create an emotional response?  Is extreme language used?

Here's an infographic that covers the five points above, plus a few more.

B.  Once you've evaluated the site, place it on the news grid. 

 How does your group's placement of this story on the grid compare with other groups?

Other helpful links: Lists of fake news sites: Zimdar's ListDaily Dot, Fact Check

C.  Evaluate these four news stories and place on the grid.  

One person in your group should record your decision-making process.  Why did you make the determination that you did?  Evaluating these stories is a "shades of gray" sort of task, so be sure you can explain those decisions.

News Story 1
News Story 2
News Story 3
News Story 4

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Annotated bibliographies

Steps to constructing an annotated bibliography.

1.  Identify your sources.

  • Books (catalog, WorldCat, references from other sources)
  • Articles (databases on library webpage, references from other sources)
  • Websites 
    • Find the highest quality web sites possible.
2. OBTAIN your sources
  • Use Interlibrary Loan to request books and articles not readily available.
3. READ your sources.


  • It may be necessary to take notes.
4. CITE your sources.

5. Write the annotation for your sources.

  • Syllabus guidelines from professor.
  • Guidelines from Cornell University



Friday, October 13, 2017

Mellmann University Seminar

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article from NCSU
1. Long, descriptive title
2. Authors (often more than one) with credentials.
3. Abstract (summary) of the article.
4. Introduction gives some justification for why this research was done and may mention other related articles (literature review).
5. All of the publication information you need to cite the article is commonly on the first page of the article.
6. Statistical charts and graphs are the most common illustration.
7. A conclusion sums up all the research and is often easier to read than the Methodology and Results section of the article.
8. A list of references or bibliography lists the author's sources.