Secondary Research BEGINS

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Today we begin our Project 3 work with talking about secondary sources and secondary research practices. For the next couple of weeks its all finding, reading and evaluating, sifting through, following leads, letting our search process lead us to clear and interesting arguments.

For our activities today, we’ll need a couple of resources:

today’s mini-lesson–> secondary-research_1_w2017

(below is a list of steps to walk you through the power point)

As you read through the mini-lesson, you’ll notice a reference to Burke’s parlor metaphor  on slide 2. On slide 4, you’ll find the url for an interactive site that will explain the differences between popular and scholarly sources. To practice with this, you can work with the examples below.

Compare this popular source:


vs. this scholarly source:


Slides 5-7 of the power point talk about Wikepedia and Google Scholar (for a tutorial on Google Scholar, check out our Resources page). And then slides 8-14 will walk you through the CRAAP test. On slide 14, you’ll be prompted to practice the CRAAP test on the following websites:

Website # 1

Website # 2

Website # 3

Last but not least, slide 15 presents you with a model for how to write summaries of each source you read. This strategy (the M.E.A.L. plan) will be super useful for your In-Library work next week, as well as for your annotated bibliographies.

Don’t forget to complete the first two parts of the Library Priority Guide (found on the resources page). I will be checking your Guides when we meet in the UGL.





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