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UNIV 110 Online Course - Scholarly Inquiry and Research Methods: Assignment 2

The Assignment

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 Assignment Instructions:

Reading: Research Strategies, Chapter Three (again) and Appendix, A1.1-A1.5 (the appendix is especially helpful.)

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1. Brainstorm 3 or 4 possible research questions for your topic. Be sure your questions deal with a problem to address rather than asking for an answer you could simply look up in a book or online.  List the questions you have thought of.

2. Choose one of those questions as the one you will use, and state it. (You will have opportunity to revise and improve your question in assignments that follow).

3. Drawing on your chosen question, create a preliminary outline of 3 or 4 points you will need to cover to respond to your chosen research question.  Be sure to include terminology from your question in your outline.

4. Read the article by William Badke "Post-Truth, False News, and Information Literacy," - .  This is a column for a trade publication - Online Searcher.  As such, it stands between popular articles (like you would find in Time Magazine) and scholarly journals. These kinds of publications are for specialists in certain fields and are generally written by people who want to keep these specialists up to date on current thought relevant to their fields.  As such, they don't use a lot of citations but rely on the expertise of the author. [Information literacy, is the ability to understand and handle information well in order to do research and reach evidence-based conclusions].

Answer the following questions:

      a. Summarize Badke's main arguments.

      b. What is the problem that Badke sees as central to his argument?

      c. What do you think of his explanation of the reasons why people believe falsehoods?

      d. What actual evidence does Badke provide to support his position?

      f. How would you go about evaluating its reliability?

Professor William Badke


A well done assignment will include the following features:

1. Possible research questions are narrowly focused, require analysis to answer (not just the compiling of existing information) and show promise to be researchable.

2. Chosen research question is the best of the questions in part 1.

3. Outline is logical and deals directly with the requirements of the research question.

4. Analysis of Badke's article shows clear understanding of its goal, arguments and nature.