A Usable Source Rubric with Caveats

  A skilled writer may defy any of these ethical considerations without his audience being able to spot it.  Below are listed additional caveats that may not necessarily mean that a source is inaccurate, irrelevant, or otherwise unusable, but which should definitely...

Comparison/Contrast of Two Sources

 Assignment designed with help from Professor Shana Cooper of Harold Washington College  Read and Think Research a controversial topic about which you are passionate and find two sources that present different messages about it.  For instance, you might look at how...

Online News and Facebook Feeds

A Facebook newsfeed can be a dangerous place to get your information. Note for instance the coverage of the FBI probe regarding  Hillary Clinton’s email use as Secretary of State.  In a single newsfeed I captured three articles, two of which say she will be indicted...

Framing an Argument

Dr Biljana Scott’s article on framing an argument introduces the linguistic and rhetoric aspects of persuasion. The way in which we frame an issue largely determines how that issue will be understood and acted upon. By dissecting Obama’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech...

Avoiding Information Malpractice

  Malpractice is defined as improper, illegal, or negligent activity. In the realm of research, here are some examples of information malpractice: Plagiarism It should go without saying that copying work that is not your own and/or using sources without...

Avoiding Information Malpractice

Malpractice is defined as improper, illegal, or negligent activity. In the realm of research, here are some examples of information malpractice: Plagiarism It should go without saying that copying work that is not your own and/or using sources without attribution will...

Evaluating, Summarizing, Annotating and Citing

  Introduction You are part of a team of four partners that has been tasked by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce to give a presentation to a panel of business owners and community stakeholders about the economic impact of going green. What are the initial costs of...

Research Skills and Exercises

Objectives and Outcomes Objectives and Outcomes This section contains all of the readings, walk-throughs, and tutorials you will need to complete a research paper or related project. After completing the steps in this tutorial, you will be able to: recognize when you...

Module 3: Politics and the Legal Landscape of Information

Module 3: Politics and the Legal Landscape of Information in the United States Introduction In the early United States partisan newspaper presses and their owners were drivers of the political debate. As the two major American political parties established themselves,...

Module 4: The Production of Information

Module 4: The Production of Information Introduction The complex information ecosystem–in which public and private sources battle for control of policy, in which marketers and publishers compete for the public’s attention, in which popular press magazines...