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ENG 151 Why are we doing this?

INFORMATION LITERACY is one of MCC's four general education goals.  Part of Information Literacy is the ability to evaluate information for QUALITY and to select sources that are SUITABLE for the information need!  We're here today to help you develop these skills in ENG 151.  Following this session (and with some practice), you should be able to: 

 1. Evaluate the quality of a resource using multiple criteria including authority, objectivity, and accuracy.

2. Judge the suitability of a resource to the information need by assessing  such characteristics as its purpose, scope, intended audience, point of view, timeliness, publication format, and relevance.

3. Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources for argumentative papers.

4. Recognize that information issues are becoming increasing important in our society.

5. Recognize different information formats , such as journal articles, newspaper articles, blogs, etc.

Information Formats

Information can come in a variety of formats. It is important to know what type of information you are looking at. Below are some examples of possible information sources; be sure to follow your instructor's directions regarding which types of information sources you may use. 

  • book
  • ebook
  • reference material
  • webpage
  • blog
  • magazine article
  • newspaper article
  • journal article
  • review
  • letter to the editor
  • technical report
  • government document
  • dissertation/thesis
  • dataset
  • map
  • tweet
  • image
  • video

Historical Revisionism and Denial

Nanjing Massacre Memorial

Mock Assignment

You have been assigned a topic for which you need to find and use appropriate sources of information. After gathering a few resources that might work for your research paper you need to examine them for quality. Follow the directions below and use the SCARAB rubric to decide which sources are worth using, and which should be ignored. 

Topic: "Should historical revisionism and denial be considered protected speech?"

Directions

  • Work in pairs or groups of three
  • Skim through each source in the box below, looking for the criteria on the SCARAB rubric
  • Use the SCARAB rubric to rate the sources as you go 
  • Be prepared to share your evaluation scores and reasoning with the class

Historical Revisionism Sources

Source #1

We will look at this first source together as a class, and grade it using the SCARAB rubric. Before we begin, select an answer on the poll below. 

Predict: How will a Wikipedia page score on the SCARAB rubric?
0 to 6 pts. Highly questionable source.: 1 votes (11.11%)
7 to 10 pts. Useful for personal purposes, but not appropriate for college-level research.: 5 votes (55.56%)
11 to 14 pts. Possibly a good source for academic research, but better sources may be available.: 2 votes (22.22%)
15 to 18 pts. Excellent source for academic research.: 1 votes (11.11%)
Total Votes: 9

Source #2

Click on the link below to view the second source. On your worksheet, record the source's format, and then grade the source using the SCARAB rubric. 

After you've graded the source answer the polls below. 

How did this source score overall?
0 to 6 pts. Highly questionable source.: 1 votes (4.35%)
7 to 10 pts. Useful for personal purposes, but not appropriate for college-level research.: 6 votes (26.09%)
11 to 14 pts. Possibly a good source for academic research, but better sources may be available.: 12 votes (52.17%)
15 to 18 pts. Excellent source for academic research.: 4 votes (17.39%)
Total Votes: 23

Source #3

Click on the link below to view the third source. On your worksheet, record the source's format, and then grade the source using the SCARAB rubric. 

After you've graded the source answer the polls below. 

How did this source score overall?
0 to 6 pts. Highly questionable source.: 12 votes (52.17%)
7 to 10 pts. Useful for personal purposes, but not appropriate for college-level research.: 8 votes (34.78%)
11 to 14 pts. Possibly a good source for academic research, but better sources may be available.: 3 votes (13.04%)
15 to 18 pts. Excellent source for academic research.: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 23

Source #4

Click on the link below to view the fourth source. On your worksheet, record the source's format, and then grade the source using the SCARAB rubric. 

After you've graded the source answer the polls below. 

How did this source score overall?
0 to 6 pts. Highly questionable source.: 0 votes (0%)
7 to 10 pts. Useful for personal purposes, but not appropriate for college-level research.: 2 votes (8.7%)
11 to 14 pts. Possibly a good source for academic research, but better sources may be available.: 4 votes (17.39%)
15 to 18 pts. Excellent source for academic research.: 17 votes (73.91%)
Total Votes: 23

Source #5

Click on the link below to view the fifth source. On your worksheet, record the source's format, and then grade the source using the SCARAB rubric. 

After you've graded the source answer the polls below. 

How did this source score overall?
0 to 6 pts. Highly questionable source.: 8 votes (33.33%)
7 to 10 pts. Useful for personal purposes, but not appropriate for college-level research.: 15 votes (62.5%)
11 to 14 pts. Possibly a good source for academic research, but better sources may be available.: 0 votes (0%)
15 to 18 pts. Excellent source for academic research.: 1 votes (4.17%)
Total Votes: 24

Source #6

Click on the link below to view the sixth and final source. On your worksheet, record the source's format, and then grade the source using the SCARAB rubric. 

After you've graded the source answer the polls below. 

How did this source score overall?
0 to 6 pts. Highly questionable source.: 10 votes (41.67%)
7 to 10 pts. Useful for personal purposes, but not appropriate for college-level research.: 7 votes (29.17%)
11 to 14 pts. Possibly a good source for academic research, but better sources may be available.: 7 votes (29.17%)
15 to 18 pts. Excellent source for academic research.: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 24
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