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English 102 Steve Smith Spring 2017: Home

Activity 1: Identifying Scholarly Sources

  1. Open the article linked below. What specific features of the article indicate that it's a "scholarly" source? List at least three specific features here.
  2. The article was published in the journal New Media & Society. Based on its submission guidelines, how would you rate the credibility of this publication? What do you think the guidelines mean by "anonymous peer review process?"

Article: Seizing the Moment: The Presidential Campaigns' Use of Twitter during the 2012 Electoral Cycle

Activity 2: Developing a Search Strategy

  1. Add one of your current research questions to this site. What are you interested in learning or discovering at this stage?
  2. Next, add at least five keywords that you associate with your research question and that you would use to search for sources in a database or search engine. The keywords should be the most important words, issues, ideas, or concepts related to your question.
  3. Finally, add at least two academic subject areas that might be relevant to your research question.

Activity 3: Exploring the Academic Information Ecosystem

  1. Click on Subject Guides on the library's homepage. Which guides do you think will be most relevant for your research?
  2. Click on the Any Topic Guide and then the EBSCO Academic database. Use your keywords to find 1 scholarly article that helps you explore some aspect of your research question. How do you obtain the full text of the article?
  3. Read the abstract of the article you selected. How does the article relate to your research question? Does it introduce any new questions for you, or point you in any new directions? Why or why not?
  4. How does searching EBSCO Academic differ from searching Google? List at least 2 differences.



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