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ENG 151: Fitness Trackers: Home


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.

Fitness Trackers

Source: Scrivan, Maria. “Half Full by Maria Scrivan for July 02, 2016.” GoComics, 2 July 2016,

Format Matters

Source #1 - Wikipedia

  1. Go to and search for activity tracker.
  2. Skim this source. We will use the rubric and evaluate it together as a class.

Source #2 - Article

  1. Skim the source below and evaluate it using the rubric.


Walker, R. K., Hickey, A. M., & Freedson, P. S. (2016). Advantages and Limitations of Wearable Activity Trackers: Considerations for Patients and Clinicians. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 20(6), 606–610.

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.

MCC Library

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.