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UNIV 1301- Villalobos

About the Essay Assignment + How to Cite Sources

Always ask Dr. Villalobos for clarification on his instructions, take notes on extra info he provides on the assignment, and pay attention to Blackboard and your email in case he updates the instructions. These documents are current as of 9/16/2020.

Library Activity #2

Find Scholarly Articles

  • ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT (WHEN SEARCHING)
  • READ THE ABSTRACT (NOT JUST THE TITLE)
  • CTRL+F TO FIND YOUR SEARCH TERMS OR IMPORTANT WORDS/NAMES IN THE ARTICLE

CTRL+F KEYBOARD

Find News Items

Get full text access to specific newspapers or magazines-- search by title at the Library's home page.

search under the e-journals tab at utep.edu/library


What makes a news source reliable?

  1. Publication Reputation and/or Bias: publication or website is well-respected and provides factual, fair, and balanced reporting.
  2. Relies on Facts: does not appeal to emotion but factual events and information that is readily available and verified.
  3. Cites Sources: article provides (current) links or citations for sources used.
  4. Not Unique: article provides information or ideas that can be confirmed by other reputable sources.

What makes a news source unreliable?

  1. It can't be verified. Links or sources included do not lead to sources outside of the site's domain or do not relate to the topic of the article.

  2. Appeals to emotion. Unreliable news plays on feelings to ensure you won't be skeptical of its contents.

  3. No expert opinions or cited sources. Authors of articles aren't experts with credentials or journalists and expert are not consulted. You may not see an author's name at all.

  4. It can't be found anywhere else. Look up the claim or idea in a known, reputable news source. If they're not reporting it, it's probably untrue.

  5. Fake news comes from fake sites. Do you recognize the website address? If it looks weird or unfamiliar (like abcnews.com.co), it's probably unreliable or downright false.


 

Find Government Documents


Another way to search:

use site:.gov to make google only show results from government agencies

Tips and Tools From Your Librarian


Questions to ask yourself when conducting a CRAAP Test:

Dr. Villalobos provides an ASPSA References document to help you, and any instructions in that document should take precedence over what you find elsewhere. These extra resources are just to provide additional examples, which can be helpful.

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