Select a topic that you are particularly interested in. Examples would be “the benefits of red wine,” “how genes influence disease,” “school lunches contribute to obesity,” “legalizing drugs will lead to lower crime,” etc.
Using the Internet, find an article on the topic you have chosen and carefully read it, taking time to notice the images included with article, how much detailed information is provided, what kind of evidence the author used, how the article is arranged and similar characteristics.
Next, you will find a scholarly source related to the same topic
Write: Engage in this discussion by answering the questions below:
• Summarize the topic you chose to research. Did you find that both article provided the same information on the topic?
• What specific similarities and differences did you notice in the ways that the popular source you found on the Internet and the scholarly source you found in the Ashford University Library presented information?
• Based on what you learned this week, when is a scholarly source more appropriate to use? When is a popular source, such as a news article, more appropriate?
• What insights did you gain about the use of scholarly sources in an academic environment?