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UNIV 110 TW: Scholarly Inquiry and Research Methods (by QZ): Assignment #5

The Assignment

This Assignment is due one week after the final class.  Send by e-mail attachment to qinqin.zhang@twu.ca.

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 Assignment Instructions

Reading: Research Strategies, Chapters 8 to 10

PART ONE: Evaluation

Read the article: Janković, V., & Schultz, D. M. (2017). Atmosfear: Communicating the Effects of Climate Change on Extreme Weather.Weather, Climate, and Society, 9(1), 27-37http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/WCAS-D-16-0030.1   This study argues that, by sensationalizing the coming of more extreme weather events as a result of climate change, scientists are actually limiting their ability to communicate the true risks. Answer the following questions:

1. Is this a scholarly work or not? Provide good reasons for your answer.
2. Is this article denying the existence of climate change?
3. What evidences do the authors present? (e.g. scientific experiments).  
4. Does this study rely on data or only on convincing arguments?
5. How convinced are you by the article, and why?

 

PART TWO

1. Have another look at your research question, revise it if necessary, and state your final research question.

2. State your final outline in point form, preferably with both main headings and subheadings.

3. Present a bibliography of 14 items, at least 6 of them being scholarly articles. You can use resources that you have identified from previous assignments. 

4. Conclude with a brief paragraph explaining why you believe the bibliography is of high quality and relevant to your research question.

 

Subject Guide

Rubric

A well done assignment will include the following features:

1. Final research question is clear, concise, and calls for analysis (information as tool rather than information as goal).

2. Final outline is a logical progression that covers the subject matter demanded by the question, nothing less and nothing more.

3. The final bibliography has the required number of citations, represents high quality resources, and appears capable of addressing the research question directly.