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ENG 151: Fitness Trackers


You've been asked to write a paper on the following topic:

Does wearing a fitness tracker improve a person's health?

You'll evaluate several sources to potentially use in writing the above research paper.

We'll evaluate source #1 together. Afterwards, you'll look at sources 2-4, then we'll discuss them together to determine if they are quality sources to use for a college-level research paper.

Source #1 - Wikipedia

  1. Go to Wikipedia and search for activity tracker.
  2. Skim the Wikipedia entry on activity trackers. We will use the rubric and evaluate it together as a class.

Source #2 - Article

  1. Go to the library website.
  2. Select Academic Sources, then A to Z Databases.
  3. From the list of databases, select Academic Search Complete. (If prompted, enter your myMCC username and password.)
  4. In the search box of the database, type "Advantages and Limitations of Wearable Activity Trackers." (You can also copy that text and paste it into the search box.)
  5. Click on the .pdf to open the article. Skim the source and evaluate it using the rubric.

Source #3 - Popular

  1. Go to "Do fitness trackers really work? Probably, but it’s not as simple as you think!"
  2. Skim the source then evaluate it using the rubric.

Source #4 - Educational institution/publisher

  1. Go to "10,000 steps a day — or fewer?"
  2. Skim the source then evaluate it using the rubric.

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 increasingly important in our society.
  5. Recognize different information formats, such as journal articles, newspaper articles, blogs, etc.