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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, October 2019)

Your Toolkit

Prior to class

Monday, October 7, 2019:

  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)

 Then answer the following questions:

  1. In your own words, briefly describe the shortcomings and benefits to using or citing each type of source.
  2. If a news article cites a scholarly journal article, how should we handle the conclusions of the news article?

Friday, October 11, 2019:

  1. 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

  2. In your own words, briefly describe what a "conflict of interest" is.

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