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ENGL 101: Academic Writing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of their first library research session, students will be able to...

  • identify types of authority, such as subject expertise, societal position, or special experiences
  • differentiate a scholarly article from other information formats by describing characteristics of a scholarly article
  • formulate effective search strategies in library databases, such as Academic Search Complete, to locate relevant information sources for their topics
  • identify at least three ways to contact a librarian for research assistance
  • recognize the limitations of citation generators and identify alternate citation resources, such as Purdue OWL

By the end of their second library research session, students will be able to...

  • identify which types of authority are best suited for specific assignments (for example, the digital forum assignment vs. the argument of inquiry assignment)
  • recognize that scholarly sources are not always the most appropriate format for their information need and identify alternate information sources 
  • identify stakeholders for their topic and locate sources that represent a specific stakeholder's viewpoint
  • articulate the value of seeking diverse perspectives in their research
  • create strategies to overcome perceived barriers to research and identify additional search strategies (keywords, filters, etc) and resources (subject-specific databases, relevant popular publications)

Research Activities: 

Evaluating Authority Activity:

Using the articles below, evaluate sources for authority, relevance, and credibility. You may use this Evaluating Information Sources worksheet to guide your conversation. 

Fast Fashion & Sustainability

Paying Student Athletes

Data Privacy

Concept Mapping Activity:

Using a concept map, work together with classmates to generate keywords for a common topic (provided by a student). Then, work to generate keywords and concepts for your own topic, first on your own, and then with your classmates, using the concept mapping worksheet as a guide.

At the end of this activity, you should have ideas for keywords to use when searching for articles in academic databases , as well as concepts surrounding your topic that can help you narrow down your topic or consider it from another angle.