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Connections 2 Session


Agenda for today's session: 

  • short survey on your experience with research
  • discuss the research process: video
  • orient to library resources
  • discuss what makes info sources quality/reliable
  • discuss kinds of info sources
  • one technique for evaluating websites

About doing research in college

Click for Jamboard



Add sticky notes on the Jamboard with your answers to these questions:

What makes an information source appropriate for college research assignments?

What makes an information source "academic"?


About you and research


Sample publications

What is the difference between journalism and scholarly journal articles?

Find a full-length article in each. 

For Discover:  How are sources attributed (credited)?  What information is provided about the author(s)?

For Nature:  How are sources attributed (credited)?  What information is provided about the author(s)?

To access each of these publications online:


Lateral reading practice

Use the lateral reading technique to learn about the source of this content, then decide if it's a credible source.

A. Are the New "Plant-Based" Meats Actually Good for You?

B. The Meat Lovers' Guide to Plant-Based Meat

  1. Truncate the URL to get to the host organization's website.
  2. Look for an About Us section of the website.
  3. Open a new tab and use a search engine to find objective information about the organization and the topic.

Picking a topic is research

Some students think research is a linear process, where you pick a topic, research it and then write, and you're done.  This model of research is flawed. 


Research is an iterative process (repeating).  What you find influences what you think and write, and as you think and write, you'll need to look up more information.