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.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

McClellan University Seminar

Website #1

Website #2

Website #3

Website #4

Website #5

Pro-Con sources for debate assignment--these probably won't have specific information on your debate topics, but will help you understand how to write and present effectively.
  • AllSides News  AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.
  • ProCon
  • Debate.org
  • Public Agenda :  Check for Reports or Discussion Starters under "Resources" in the banner bar.
  • Debatabase

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bharracharyya University Seminar

Tell me a little bit about your research experience.  Your answers can be posted here .  Everyone will see your response, but your responses are anonymous.  Just double-click on the "board" and add your thoughts.

1.  Have you written research papers before?  If so, how many?
2.  How would you describe how you feel right now about this assignment?  Why do you feel that way?
3.  What questions are you hoping I'll address today?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Library Workshop #1, Primary Sources

Link to a source #1:

Link to source #2

Link to source #3

Kent State video clip

Why Use Primary Sources?  Source analysis sheets.

Still having difficulty understanding primary and secondary sources?
Quiz 1   Quiz 2

Chicago style citation help: Chicago Style Quick Guide

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

English 200 Information Hunt

Group 7 should use this article for their analysis.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Library Lab #1

Developing a Research Question video

Primary and Secondary Sources, interactive game,  from Pearson eCollege

Database and Cataloging Searching "Refresher" links

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

History 375

Web sites to Evaluate

Website #1 and Website #2

Website #3 and Website #4

Website #5 and Website #6

Website #7 and Website #8

The CRAAP Test


Primary and Secondary Sources

Test your skills with this interactive game from Ashford University

Need a little more help?  Listen to this video to understand the differences between primary and secondary sources in a variety of disciplines. (5:07)

Chicago Style Documentation help