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Agriculture and Bioresources 492/494: Tutorials for Finding and Evaluating Information Sources

This guide contains two modules designed to assist 492/494 AgBio students in contributing to the scholarly conversation in their fields, and finding and retrieving relevant and credible information.

Welcome to Module 1

Learning Goal

From 1.1 to 1.4, you will learn to identify the characteristics of scholarly, grey and popular information sources and determine why we rely on peer-reviewed scholarly sources in academia. You will be able to describe what a scholarly conversation is and learn about contributing to the scholarly conversations within your field as a student. You will also be able to identify different types of AgBio information sources, developing strategies to evaluate the quality of an information source and to assess the relevance and credibility of scholarly and non-scholarly sources.

Learning Outcomes
  • By comparing and contrasting the characteristics of scholarly, grey, and popular sources of information, you will be able to identify the attributes of a scholarly information source.
  • By watching two videos about scholarly conversations you will be able to describe what a scholarly conversation is and why scholarly sources are core to the scholarly conversation.
  • By considering the SIFT graphic (online verification skills), you will be able to quickly evaluate online sources to determine the suitability of the source for your research topic.
  • By expanding the STA3R acronym, you will be able to evaluate a source to determine the quality of the information.