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Using Argumentative Strategies

Finding Sources and Collecting Information

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Citing Sources

Locate an assigned source from Course Theme Reading list for the Homework assignment below. Browse through the topics listed under each course theme. Note the topics that catch your interest. To get your research process started, refer to the Course Theme Reading list that contains two readings on each of the topics below. Browse the titles to help you confirm your interest.




Health and Wellness

School Bullies

Multitasking and Technology

Sexualization of Girls

College Students and Weight Issues

No Child Left Behind Act/Race to the Top

Technology and Social Isolation

Gender Discrimination

Childhood Obesity

Grade Inflation

Perils of Social Networking

Unequal Rights in Marriage, Children

Fad Diets

College Students and Underage Drinking

Online Dating/Online Predators/Sex Offenders

Children of Divorce

Junk Food

Student Debt

Illegal Downloading of Protected Content

Domestic Violence

Sedentary Lifestyles

College Students, Cheating, and Plagiarism

Internet Censorship/ Classified Information Leaks


Teenage Pregnancy

College Dropout Rates

Identity Theft

Life-Work (Im)balance/Flexible Work Schedules

Concussions in Athletes

High School Dropouts

Texting and Driving

Insurance Premiums for Smokers and Obese Employees

Course Project-Source Summary

Information Literacy Assignment (35 points)

The purpose of this assignment is to learn about information literacy by exploring the concept of peer review. You may be familiar with peer review in prior writing courses, but what does it mean when you talk about peer review in relation to academic source material?
Click on the following link to a DeVry University Library presentation of Peer Reviewed Journals: The Creation of New Knowledge.

Here is the peer Review.

Idea:The Peer Review process begins with a researcher and a new idea

Lit Review:The researcher reviews the “literature” of her/his field to see what else has been done on the topic

Grant: A researcher may secure funding to help pay for her/his research

Research: Conducting the actual research can be an involved and time consuming process

Interpret Data:Gathering, analyzing, and interpreting the data is where much of the thought in research occurs

Conferences:Researchers often present preliminary findings at conferences. These can provide good feedback too

Write Manuscript: With the input from the conference, the researcher will prepare her/his findings for publication

Submit: The manuscript is sent to the editor of a suitable journal

Peer Review:Experts on the topic review the manuscript

(More about this in a moment)

Publication: The journal publishes the article which will inform, enlighten, and prompt new ideas…

This introduce the peer review cycle.

After reviewing the presentation, compose a 2-paragraph response in which you address each of the following points: In your own words, identify points in the peer review cycle that seem especially important and explain why. How does an editor differ from a peer reviewer? Use at least two points to support your response. Based on this information, explain whether your article for this week was peer reviewed? How can you determine this information? As you work on your research in this class, where specifically can you look to find peer-reviewed information?

Source Summary (100 points)

The purpose of the Source Summary is to effectively summarize and attribute information from a source. Use the library databases to retrieve an article from the Course Theme Reading List on the topic you selected last week. If you are considering a new topic, confirm your choice with your professor. Once you retrieve the article, print it or save a local copy of the full text article to your hard drive so that you can refer to the contents of the article offline. (If the source is from the textbook, this step does not apply.) Read the source carefully, noting the thesis, topic sentences, headings, support details, and the conclusion. To become more skilled at summary and paraphrasing, you will practice writing summaries of different lengths on the same assigned source.

For each part of the assignment, follow the instructions provided in Doc Sharing. When you are finished, save the document as and submit it to the Dropbox by the end of the week.

See Doc Sharing for the following support documents.

· An assignment template

· A sample assignment

· The assignment grading rubric