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The Business of Scholarly Communication lesson explores the business side of the journal articles that we all rely on. Do you think you know the average cost of a 1-year subscription to an academic journal in your field of study? Do you know where the money goes? Test your guesses and learn about the business side of academic journals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Understanding Plagiarism lesson presents plagiarism in the context of everyday events, helping you learn not just how to avoid plagiarism but also why it's so important.
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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