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LRC103 Internet Research Strategies: Week 4

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

Week 4

Week 4: Finding Information

Learning Outcomes:

  • Keywords and Connectors
  • Narrowing and Relevancy
  • Topic Development



  • Topic development lecture + “quiz” (10 minutes)
  • Students work together on the white board to make a concept map for “Where did the first domesticated dogs originate? Do scientists agree on this?” (10 minutes)
  • Psychology Today blog, mentions scholarly article
    • Students try to find referenced article on their own (5 minutes)
    • Discuss what they discovered (5 minutes)
    • Demo search using Google, Google Scholar, and Library databases (5 minutes)
  • Explain Citation Sleuthing assignment, including annotated bibliographies


White board markers

Students need to read this article for the activity. New Study Places First Dogs in Europe 



  1. Read this article: Tanenhaus, Sam. "Generation Nice." The New York Times. The New York Times, 16 Aug. 2014. Web. 02 Sept. 2014. 
  2. Track down at least four of the sources referenced in Tanenhaus’s article and write MLA citations for them (there are thirteen potential sources that you could cite for this article). 
  3. Organize your citations into an annotated bibliography or references list. In order to get full credit for this assignment, your list must include: 
    1. a Citation for at least one newspaper article,
    2. a Citation for at least one report from a private organization,
    3. a Citation for at least one book.
  4. For each of the cited sources, verify that the evidence provided by the source was used accurately in Tanenhaus’s article. Below each citation write an annotation of at least three sentences explaining how Tanenhaus used the evidence from that source. Were the original authors’ intentions properly represented in Tanenhaus’sarticle?

If you are not sure about what an annotated bibliography looks like, here is an example

Due by 11:59p on October 12.

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