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English 102 Boyett Spring 2018: Home

Understanding Scholarly Sources

Article 1: Learning about Politics from The Daily Show

Article 2: Media Subservience and Satirical Subservience

Discussion Questions

  1. Identify at least three aspects of the articles that indicate they are "scholarly" sources. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
  2. How do the organizational structures of the two articles differ? Which article focuses on presenting a theoretical argument? Which article focuses on presenting the outcome of a study?
  3. Google the name of one of the journals and do some quick research on it (Mass Communication and Society or Critical Studies in Media Communication). Does it seem like a credible journal? Why or why not?
  4. Would these articles be relevant for a research paper about Samantha Bee's satiric news show, Full Frontal? Yes, no, or maybe?

Searching for Sources

Search Activity

1. Use the databases to find at least three articles, including at least one peer-reviewed article, relevant to your research topic at this stage.

2. Why did you choose these articles? What aspects of your topic do they address? What issues or ideas do they focus on?

3. How does the process of searching a library database differ from searching Google? 

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