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Physics Courses & Research: PHY 150

Getting started with library research in Physics

Science for Society (Figura, May 2018)

Science for Society (Figura, May 2019)

Your Toolkit

Prior to class:

  1. Review the chart "Scholarly vs. Popular Articles" (see right) and come up with a list of 3 publications not already listed in the chart that would fit under each category →→→
  2. Watch the video "Types of Scholarly Articles" (length: 3:35)
  3. Read  "Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers" by Michael A. Caulfield, the following sections:

I. Four Moves and a Habit, parts 2-3

II. Look for Previous Work, parts 4-6

III. Go Upstream, parts 7-8 and 10-14

IV. Read Laterally, parts 16-18 and 20-28

V. Field Guide, parts 31-32, 36, 39, 42, and 43

 Then answer the following questions:

  1. In your own words, what is "sponsored content"?
  2. In your own words, what is the difference between "news gathering" and "news analysis"?

Part 1 materials

Activity 1 items

Are these items:

  • A research article
  • A review article
  • Or a popular science magazine article?

Scholarly vs Popular Article

Levels of Evidence Pyramid

Levels of evidence pyramid