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WRIT 101 - Underhill: What Do You Want to Know?

Library research guide for Writing 101 - Disease Prevention

Individual Reflection

Consider this course's theme and the topics, concepts, and keywords you have identified so far. Reflect briefly on the following:

  • What interests you about this course?
  • Considering this course's central topic, what would you like to know more about?
  • What information do you think would be helpful to add to your knowledge and inform your thinking?

Group Discussion

In your groups, share your ideas from your reflection activity and consider the following:

  • Who might produce the information that you need?
  • What form might it take? (A book? An article? A website? Data? A video? An image? Or?)
  • Note your thoughts on the rolling whiteboards.

What Makes a Source Scholarly?

Scholarly sources are:

  • Created by people with recognized expertise in the subjects they are writing about or discussing

  • Use formalized and discipline-specific language and terminology

  • Published in journals or other forums that undergo a rigorous peer review process before publication

  • Usually intended for an audience of other experts

  • Cite their sources, which are mostly other scholarly sources


Some examples: