ENGL 101: Academic Writing
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)
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
- The Shaping of Environmental Impacts from Danish Production and Consumption of Clothing
- Can Fast Fashion and Sustainability Be Stitched Together?
- Fixing Fashion: Clothing Consumption and Sustainability
- Six Ways Gap Inc. is Becoming More Sustainable
Paying Student Athletes
- Pay for Play: The Financial Value of NCAA Football Players
- Should College Athletes Be Paid?
- The Fair Pay to Play Act
- To Pay or Not to Pay College Athletes
- Achieving Big Data Privacy in Education
- Consent is Not an Ethical Rubber Stamp
- Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business
- Data Policy
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.