Research is a conversation in which you engage with, interpret, synthesize and challenge different sources, ultimately adding your own voice to the conversation. The web is full of different source types that contribute different perspectives to the conversation, some more scholarly than others.
What type of source is this/how would you label or categorize it?
Quickly skim and compare the sources below in order to determine whether each source is either a scholarly or popular/mainstream source. Focus on overarching structure and components rather than close reading.
Record 2 reasons for your decision about each item and prepare to report back to the group.
What's useful about each source, and what are it's limitations?
Consider the following CRITERIA in your analysis:
STRUCTURE: Compare the physical characteristics of the items, such as length, sections, labeling, & graphics
TONE/STYLE: What does the writing style reflect about the purpose/intended audience of the article?
PURPOSE: To inform? Educate? Entertain? What audience is it aimed at?
AUTHOR: What can you tell about the author and their credentials/affiliations?
Digitized back issues of scholarly journals with a rolling date of five years ago. Covers a wide variety of disciplines. A portion of this resource was acquired with funding from the Library/IT Assessment.
Collections of back issues of scholarly journals in the following disciplines: arts and sciences, business, ecology and botany, and general science.