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Information Literacy Project 1: Evaluating Sources
This ILP aims to introduce you to the academic research process as well as help you develop
skills for evaluating your sources. For this assignment, you will find and read one (1) popular
press article and (1) academic research article published in the last five years on a topic that
you are interested in (one that could potentially become your research topic for the semester).
You will likely need to sort through multiple sources before selecting two to use for this
assignment; do not simply choose the first article you find. Once you have found and read your
chosen articles, use your Everyday Writer (or Purdue OwlÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website) to create a citation for them
in MLA format. In a paragraph beneath each citation, summarize (do not quote) the central
argument and supporting evidence. Your summary should go over the main ideas of the source
without eliminating or overlooking main points, and, at the same time, without spending too
much time on particular points. Your summaries should be generous yet concise enough to be
conveyed in roughly 100 words.
Evaluate each source according to the categories listed below. You can format your answers as
either a paragraph or bulleted list for each source; regardless of how you choose to format your
answer, make sure you include analysis for each category. Your analysis for the entirety of Part
2 should not exceed 400 words Ã¢â‚¬â€œ aim for a paragraph for each of the following sections.
Ã¢â€”Â Authority: How does the author assure the reader that the information presented is
accurate and complete? Click through links, look up citations, or verify important facts in
the article through a web search. Are the links, citations, or facts presented accurate and
relevant? Look up other articles written by the same author or biographical information
about the author. What are their credentials? What gives them the authority to speak on
Ã¢â€”Â Bias: Explain the commitments of the author. What might they stand to gain from writing
this article? Who is their audience, and how can you tell? What kinds of organizations,
ideas, or beliefs do they associate themselves with? How do you know? Are multiple
viewpoints presented and addressed, or only the viewpoints of the author?
Ã¢â€”Â Context: Examine the website, journal, or other context in which the article is written
and published. Is this context credible? How does this context assure the reader that the
content it publishes is accurate and well-researched? What sort of sources does this
context generally use (i.e., scholarly journals, popular press, twitter, etc.)? How do these
factors shape your view of this context?
Ã¢â€”Â Date: What is the date in which your article was published, and how much does this
matter for your subject? Explain your reasoning.
Use the following questions to help guide your response as you compose a short research
reflection that outlines what led you to your chosen source, how it affected your views on your
topic, and the role it might play in your research project. Please note that your analysis for the
entirety of Part 3 should be about 200-300 words.
Ã¢â€”Â What steps did you go through to locate your article? What databases or search engines
did you use? How long did it take to find your sources? (Are they more informative or
opinionated? How can you tell?) Why did you choose the sources you did?
Ã¢â€”Â What knowledge or views did you already have regarding this topic? How did this
research change or alter them? After reading these articles, will your research project
change? How and why?
Ã¢â€”Â How can you use these sources in your project? Which parts of each article are most
useful for your project and why?
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