By the end of this Module, you'll learn that:
Have you ever found yourself in a position like Marita's in this example?
Before adopting a kitten, Marita researched everything: toys, beds, litter boxes, food. She expected her new pet to like tuna and laser pointers and scratches behind the ears, but Marita never imagined it would climb her curtains or chew-up the houseplants. Is this normal? she wondered. When Marita searched the web for answers, she found cat training videos, fact pages on pet food company websites, veterinary clinic locations, and more. Marita hears a vase break somewhere in the distance and leaves her search results with a sigh.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your search results, unable to find the type of information you’re looking for, or unsure what which sources are trustworthy? In this module we will learn how to approach reading and searching for information in a way that that will help you deepen your understanding about the issue you're researching.
Watch the three videos: 1. What are scholarly sources?, 2. Where do I search?, and 3.First Search@UW search. Use the arrow commands below the media player to move on to the next video.
We've learned that different sources are created with different audiences in mind to fulfill different purposes. Taking time to consider a source's author, audience, and purpose will help you understand the information shared in the source and use it appropriately. Complete the activity below to practice differentiating popular and scholarly source types based on their author, audience, and purpose.
Without reading or watching each source in full, review the 5 source examples below. Make note of details that point to each source's author, audience, and purpose.
Tip: Each example link will open in a new window. Once you've opened all the sources, compare them. What are the similarities and differences in the ways the sources are formatted and made available?
After you've decided where each example source falls on the Source Spectrum, Arrange the source tiles on the spectrum. Once you're satisfied with how you ordered the examples sources from popular to scholarly, check your answer for feedback.
Discuss or reflect on the following questions:
In 2016 researchers from Stanford University published a study that found most teens couldn’t tell the difference between news sources and advertisements.
The Researchers conclude that skills like investigating a source’s creator and comparing information across multiple sources are essential practices for responsible digital citizenship.
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