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ENG 151: Self-driving Cars: Home

Sample Research Assignment

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

Are self-driving cars safer than person-driven cars?

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

Once you've looked at sources 1-4 (below-right), we'll discuss them together to determine if they are quality sources
to use for a college-level research paper.

Self-driving Cars

“6 Things I Learned from Riding in a Google Self-Driving Car.” The Oatmeal,

Format Matters

Source #1 - Wikipedia

  1. Go to
  2. Search: self-driving car.
  3. Skim this source. We'll use the rubric and evaluate it together as a class.

Source #2 - Article

  1. Open a new tab, then go to the library's website.
  2. Click on Academic Sources, then select A to Z Databases.
  3. Select Academic Search Complete.
  4. In the first search box, copy and paste the following: Who’s Driving That Car
  5. In the second search box, copy and paste the following: Roe, Madeline
  6. Click the PDF to open the article.
  7. Skim the source and evaluate it using the rubric.

Source #3 - News Media

  1. Go to "A federal agency warns Tesla tests unfinished driverless tech on its users."
  2. Skim the source and evaluate it using the rubric.

Source #4 - Non-profit organization

  1. Click on: Self-Driving Cars Explained
  2. Skim the source and 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.