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Library Session Activities

Activity #1

Use the following linked article to respond to the questions below.

  1. Who is the intended audience for the article? Who was it written for?

  2. What kind of evidence or data is presented in the article? Does it seem reliable? Why or why not?

  3. What do we know about the authors of the article? What kind of expertise do they have? Where do they work?

  4. Look at the website for Clinical Pediatricsthe journal that published this article. Would you say this is a credible journal? Provide evidence from the website to support your view.

  5. What other questions might be important to ask in evaluating this source? Look at our evaluation guide for a list of potential questions.

Activity #2

  1. Use EBSCO Academic or another library database to find a peer-reviewed article that helps you explore one (or more) of your research questions.

  2. Read the abstract of the article carefully. What issues or ideas does it discuss? What kind of evidence is presented? What argument does the author seem to be making? Be as specific as you can.

  3. List two or three additional key words, topics, or concepts introduced in the article that you could use to expand your research.

  4. Explain how the process of searching a library database differs from the process of searching Google. Consider search options, types of articles available, etc.

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