Writing Prompt! In a brief paragraph or two, respond to one of these questions.

  1. If you could invite any one person, from any time or place, to dinner, who would you invite? Why?
  2. Have any books, movies, or music had a big impact on you? How did it affect you?

In one or two sentences, identify the differences between popular sources and scholarly sources, as explained in the assigned reading (not as defined in another book or on a website).


List and briefly explain two or three of the questions that the readings suggested asking for evaluating sources.


According to the reading, recall one of the steps to citing your source in MLA style.


In one to three sentences, based on the readings and video, does Wikipedia qualify as a peer-reviewed academic journal? Why or why not?


According to the readings, which is an aspect of contemporary writing styles?

Focused paragraphs and frequent subtitles

All of these

Longer, complex paragraphs

Complex organization which requires close attention to follow

Increasingly, more asides and explanations within the articles themselves


In the video briefing and in the readings, potential sources of media bias were described.

One was political bias — either toward the left or right of the political spectrum.

Yet, the videos described several other potential sources of bias in media coverage. All may have an impact on media coverage today.

Please identify and describe one or more sources of media bias, other than political bias. 


True or False: If a citation on a “Works Cited” page includes a DOI address, it is more likely to be peer-reviewed research published in an academic journal.


Which of the following is true about your research topic for the rest of the course?

Finding “review articles” on my topic can help speed along my research.

Preliminary research, using the databases or Google Scholar, can help guide topic selection by checking if there is sufficient academic research on the topic.

It should be a debated issue among experts.

It should be an issue you’re likely to encounter in (what may become) your future career.

All of these.


Big and broad topics (like on abortion or the death penalty) are the best topics for research in this course since that helps guarantee there will be lots of research on them.