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

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but Dude, I'm honoring you! (editorial cartoon)

and another editorial cartoon:  Op-Art by Joe "Love my '85 Bears! However. . ." Fournier: "You Don't Say" Chicago Tribune.  24 August 2014



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To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. You may find your myMCC login at Click on Password Reset/Find Username.

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Dan Snyder says he will never change the name . . .  ABC 7 WJLA Reporter, Autria Godfrey reports on Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder's refusal to change the franchise name.


ENG 151 / Composition I
Information Literacy Session 2:

Evaluating Resources

 Mock Assignment

Consider the following topic in a 4-5 page paper using a minimum of three scholarly, peer-reviewed sources and addressing this argumentative statement:

  Indian mascots do not honor Indigenous
Peoples, they insult them.

The debate continues over Indian mascots as representations for sports teams and for schools. You have been asked to write an argumentative paper discussing whether or not Indian mascots give positive or negative messages. You will need to research both sides of this question in order to support your viewpoint.


  1. Work in pairs or groups of three.
  2. Skim the sources in the left-hand column. (Not all will be used.)
  3. When directed, use the SCARAB Source Evaluation Rubric for evaluating and scoring sources.
  4. Be prepared to discuss your evaluation scores (and reasoning) to the class.

Evaluation Criteria



Substance   Currency   Authority   Relevance   Accuracy   Bias

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Did you know?

What is the correct terminology: American Indian, Indian, Native American, or Native?

All of these terms are acceptable. The consensus, however, is that whenever possible, Native people prefer to be called by their specific tribal name. In the United States, Native American has been widely used but is falling out of favor with some groups, and the terms American Indian or indigenous American are preferred by many Native people. (from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)

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Use the MCC Library Catalog to find out what the Library has on your topic. Enter your search below to get started!

Researching Controversial Issues

Try researching using keywords and search terms such as:

sports team mascots

Indians as mascots


native americans



As you research, be on the look-out for more terms, names, etc. 

Chief Illiniwek (University of Illinois)

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Why We Need to Know How to Evaluate Sources

from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

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