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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 2

A course guide of the library's one credit course offered in fall 2014

Week 2

Week 2: Information Cycle and Evaluation (1)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Format is a process and no format is always the “best” source
  • Scholarly versus Popular / Peer-review





  • Poll Everywhere: What makes a source “SCHOLARLY”? (10 minutes)
  • Format Activity: break students into three groups, and ask them to sort tweets, Wikipedia articles, newspaper articles, scholarly articles, and scholarly books by time to write, research used to support argument, and ease to read (30 minutes)
  • Hand out list of movies and go over homework assignment. (10 minutes)
  • Demonstrate Academic Search Complete (10 minutes)



  1. Choose a movie. It should be an acclaimed or classic movie such as Apocalypse Now, The Breakfast Club, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption and so on.
  2. Search Google for a movie review in the popular press, from sources such as New York Times, Rolling Stone, Rotten Tomatoes, The Village Voice or a trusted local source of movie reviews. Find a good long movie review, at least a few paragraphs.
  3. Search Academic Search Complete for scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles about your movie.
  4. Download and read the attached Evaluation Chart below before moving on to the next step.
  5. Read each article and fill in the Evaluation Chart. You can print out the document and write on it or type on it. Take a picture of the chart or scan it and attach it when you submit the assignment. 
  6. Write a paragraph (100 word minimum) comparing and contrasting these two reviews.
    1. Use the evidence you have gathered in the chart to inform your writing.
    2. You may want to consider the purpose of the publications in which these reviews were published.
    3. Remember, there is no right or wrong answer. Your answer should consider the context and your purposes in using the reviews. You will be evaluated on your ability to use the available evidence to form a cogent argument to back up your position.

Due by 11:59p on Septemeber 21

The assignment is adapted from sample learning activities by K. Brunetti, A. Hofer, S. Lu and L. Townsend.


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