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LIBRARY_ASSIGNMENT_3 - Dr Susan McHugh's ENG 110 NAME...

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Dr. Susan McHugh’s ENG 110 NAME: LIBRARY ASSIGNMENT 3: Good, Bad, and Ugly Sources This reflection assignment will help you to practice evaluating sources for your third major project for this class, the explanatory essay. One purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate that, while the library’s databases can help you begin to find reliable information, not all sources that you can locate through library catalogs and databases—let alone on the internet more generally—are reliable. Part of your work as a researcher is to use various criteria in order to make that judgment call with every source you find, and here you will demonstrate these skills. To underscore these differences, this assignment asks you to find sources that illustrate three possible categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. You must complete this assignment by the beginning of our next class meeting, and to do so use the information you collected while completing Library Assignments 1 and 2. 1.) A Good Source will give you new and reliable information on your topic. In order to determine whether a source (book or journal article) contains reliable information, you must apply several sets of criteria (like those in the “What’s the Difference?” handout discussed in class. From your UNE Library research, choose a journal article, and describe the specific aspects that indicate why it is reliable: The article that I chose is entitled “Vitamin A supplementation for reducing the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection” by Wiysonge, CS, Shey, MS, Sterne, JAC, Brocklehurst, P. I know that this source is reliable because there is a full bibliography at the end of the article. Also the article was published on the a health website that was posted on the UNE library page. All of the information in the article seems to check out with other reliable sources, so I know that this author is not pulling the information out of their butt. This article was a research study that was being done in Africa.
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