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Characteristics of Scholarly Articles

The Characteristics of Scholarly Articles lesson explores the structure and content of scholarly journal articles and introduces the peer review process. You'll learn to analyze the key components of a scholarly article, taking into account disciplinary differences between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. You'll learn to describe the peer review process, and explain why it is important in academic research.  

Evaluating News Sources

If you're like most people, you have no shortage of news articles reaching you each day. Whether retrieved via traditional channels (such as newsprint, radio or television) or shared via social media outlets, how confident are you in your ability to distinguish objective, reputable articles from those that are biased or more questionable? Test your evaluation skills in this interactive lesson.

How Information is Created

The How Information is Created lesson explores common information sources, considering their identifying features as well as their intended purpose and audience. You'll learn to identify how different sources present information and where to expect each source on the information creation timeline. 

How to Read a Chart

The How to Read a Chart lesson explores three basic chart types: bar charts, pie charts and line charts. It considers why charts are used to convey information, when to use different chart types, and how to read a chart.

Reliability of Sources

The Reliability of Sources lesson discusses what makes information reliable and explores one model for evaluating reliability (CRAAP). You'll learn to point out and apply criteria that can be used to judge the reliability of information.

Scholarly Communication: Choosing a Journal

Choosing a Journal explores how to identify and evaluate target journals to which you may submit your work for publication. This interactive tutorial presents criteria for evaluating journals and allows you to apply these concepts to three target journals of your choice. At the conclusion, you'll receive a printout of your results, providing you with a detailed comparison for future use.

Understanding Plagiarism (2024 update)

This updated version of Understanding Plagiarism builds on the success of its predecessor, adding coverage of current problematic issues that didn’t exist when the original was created (e.g., generative AI). It provides an introductory lesson that uses everyday events to help you learn not just how to avoid plagiarism but also why it's so important.

What is Data? What is data literacy?

The What is Data/Data Literacy lesson explores the various types of data, identifies the differences between data and statistical analysis, and defines the concept of data literacy.


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