Week 3 (April 16)

Remember that this week’s class is online. Below you will find your assignments and instructions for successfully completing Week 3 Online. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Research Appointment
Don’t forget to come to your research appointment this week. The research appointments are held in my office, LI 2128, which is on the first floor of the library. It is worth 10 points of your final grade and I will approve your research topic at your appointment. We’ll also probably find some good sources for you to start working on your project.

Online Class Work

All online class work, including assignments and comment for participation points are due by 5:00 pm on April 16. 

The video below gives an overview of the online class session. You can watch it and/or read the instructions below, which provide the same information.

1. Web Searching (6 points) Please watch these two videos on using the advanced search features in Google:

Google Advanced Search: Part 1 (Part 1 Transcript)

Google Advanced Search: Part 2 (Transcript Part 2)

After watching the above two videos, please complete this searching assignment (.doc) and email it as an attachment or share via a Google Doc when you have completed it. File name should be: lastname_searching.docx (ex. wakimoto_searching.docx)

2. Using A VCR to Evaluate and Article (4 points)
First, read this handout on evaluation criteria: A VCR Evaluation Handout (PDF). After you finish reading the handout, please read this article: “The Trouble with Gluten”. Think about how you would apply the evaluation criteria as you are reading the article.

For your assignment, please write 1-2 paragraphs evaluating the article using the A VCR criteria. Hint: it isn’t enough to tell me when the article was published for the currency criteria, for example. You need to explain to me why the article is current enough to use or not.

Email me your assignment as an attachment or share via Google Doc. File name should be: lastname_evaluation.docx (ex. wakimoto_evaluation.docx).

3. Participation & Attendance Points (5 points)
To earn your participation and attendance points for this week, please write a comment on this page answering the following questions:
1. What criteria do you use when you are evaluating whether to believe something you’ve seen online or read in the news?
2. Why do you think that many professors won’t accept Wikipedia as an appropriate source for a research paper?


1. Weekly Reflection due on April 20 at noon

2. Tutorials to watch before class on April 23
Introduction to Databases (24 minutes)
Peer review (16 minutes)
Introduction to Academic Search Complete (6 minutes)
Finding subject specific databases (5 minutes)

3. Final Research Question due at beginning of next class (April 23). You must bring your typed, printed research question to class. Do not email me your question or share via Google Docs. We will be working with our questions in class.


19 thoughts on “Week 3 (April 16)”

  1. Oscar Murillo said:

    1. In my criteria, I look at if the information is accurate and to see if the article does make sense because I have read some sources that don’t have accurate information.

    2. Many professors won’t accept Wikipedia as a source for a research paper because a lot of the times, the information on Wikipedia changes a lot and is not all the time accurate.

  2. Brad Ancheta said:

    1. I usually do a quick analyze to see if the information in the article is credible to me or not. Usually if the article is not a professional source, I don’t believe it.

    2. Wikipedia can be re-typed by other users who source Wikipedia. The information isn’t stable.

  3. Eden Layne Zabala said:

    1. I usually believe that an article is a reliable source when the website ends at .gov , .edu or .org.
    2. Many professors won’t accept wikipedia as a reliable source because the information on this website can edit by anyone. No one knows if that information is accurate to a certain topic.

  4. Ivan Verdin said:

    1. When ever I read about something online or hear about something, I usually check online and investigate whether it is valid or not. I try to find the most credible sources as possible to get the most accurate information that I can possibly get.

    2. Some professors won’t accept Wikipedia as a credible source for a research paper since it can easily be edited by anyone and it uses information that is found from other sources, which makes it hard to cite.

  5. Michael Paiva said:

    1.) The criteria I use is to see what the URL ends in like .com, .org, or .edu and then also if is has is a credible source or not like a well known site.
    2.) Many professors do not accept wikipedia as a source because anyone can go in and change the information on the site so it is not always true.

  6. Kylie Lopez said:

    1. I was taught that any article is reliable and has believable criteria if the website ends in .gov, .edu, and .org. For believing an interesting story on the news it has to be a story they can relate back to many times and has to have several resources that have witnessed or been involved with.

    2. Professors will not accept the source wikipedia because of the fact that this source can be edited by anyone and new information can be added either right or wrong and in this case it is not reliable.

  7. Helen Mendoza said:

    1. When evaluating something online I usually tend to look at the date when it was last published and I ask myself if I can uIse the information provided. In most cases the oldest date I’ll use is maybe something that is 3 years old as a max.
    2. In my opinion, Wikipedia is not accepted because of the fact that anyone can add anything to it. However, I learned that everything on there is cited at the end and can be found if one takes the time to look for it. I think it is just because coming from Wikipedia may be old so it’s not as current as professors would like.

  8. Tamarina Wendt said:

    1) By previous professors, I’ve been told to always question the truthfulness of any piece of information given to me. I can research the question myself, but trustworthy sources would include scholarly articles and websites ending in .edu or .gov.

    2) Professors may recommend Wikipedia as a starting point for research because it leads to different websites that have potential as credible websites, but Wikipedia itself isn’t a credible source because the information could be edited by anyone for any reason.

  9. Eliana Mello said:

    1. When I evaluate online sources or the news, I make sure that there are no opinions. Usually when something is backed up with credible sources, I will believe it.

    2. Professors won’t accept Wikipedia as a reliable source for a research paper because the information is not always true. An article on Wikipedia can be written by anyone.

  10. Anahi Mejia said:

    1. The criteria that I used when evaluating something I read in the news or online was the credentials of the author and the surroundings of the website. Usually by looking at the surroundings of the source I can tell whether the source is meant to entertain or inform.
    2. I think that most professors will not accept wikipedia as a reliable source because anyone can post information whether they have the credentials or authority to do so, making it an unreliable source of information.

  11. Amani Alexander said:

    1. To evaluate criteria that I receive from the news etc i tend to go on the internet and try to find at least three credible sources that give either the same or close to the same info.
    2. I believe teachers don’t like students to use Wikipedia because it can be very opinion based and as long you have your own account any one can edit or add to a page regardless if the information they are adding is credible or not.

  12. Fernando Rodriguez said:

    1. When I read something i like to look at the source and the credentials of the author. That will determine whether i believe what I’m reading or not.
    2. I feel that many professors wont accept wikipedia because its a website where anyone can type in their input and might be wrong. But my English teacher taught me that at the bottom of the page there’s links that will take you to some of the websites where the writers got their information from.

  13. Kathleen Wong said:

    1.) I tend to look and see if the website address ends with .com or .org but I also look to see if the site is recognizable or not. If I haven’t seen it before, it is a little harder to believe. It also helps if the site looks professional and reliable.
    2.) Professors do not accept Wikipedia as a reliable source because information is constantly changed and can be changed by anyone. So the information present may or may not be correct. Therefore that makes it unreliable.

  14. Elaine Watkins said:

    1. I look for familiarity first and see if it’s a popular site or not. I also tend to look for the author’s name and the sources that they got their information from.
    2. Wikipedia isn’t an appropriate source according to professors because anyone can edit. It’s not as credible as other sources because it isn’t written by experts and professionals.

  15. 1.) I usually read the article and just see if it give me an insight about what I need to know. That is how I know if this website is believable.
    2.)Professors won’t accept wikipedia because the information is not reliable and it can be correct or uncorrected and you can type in anything. But it can lead you to other sources about a topic.

  16. Sihua Yan said:

    1. I prefer to read onlince resources which are credible for me. Some articles online like gov.org are reliable.

    2.Professors won’t use wikipedia because every body could edit it. And the information that is very general that could find in anywhere.

  17. Sonia Villagomez said:

    1. When trying to decide if I should believe something I have read or seen, I try to focus on the language that is being used. I focus on whether they use opinionated words or phrases, stereotypes, discriminatory words, or even words that suggest they are coming up with their own conclusion and there is no real data to support it.

    2. Some professors won’t accept Wikipedia as a credible source because anybody can go in and change the information they have on their pages. Anybody, meaning that person does not have to be credited to change the information and they can write complete bologna.

  18. Ricardo Mora said:

    1) I usually judge something based on the authority of it. If it seems in anyway that it is not true, I don’t believe it.
    2) I don’t think they accept it because Wikipedia is always adding new information and anyone can edit the site. It’s a great start, but should not be used as a reference source.

  19. Nancy Nugent said:

    1. The criteria that I use when evaluating whether to believe something I have seen online or read in the news is reliable or not is the authority of the author of the article. I also always determine if the information is relevant or not, especially taking into consideration if the date which the article was written is still applicable to the research needed for my topic.

    2. I think that many professors will not accept Wikipedia as a appropriate source for a research paper because often the information provided on the website is not reliable due to the fact that people can edit the information that is given and can post false information that may not ever be corrected.

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