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English Composition Guide

A supplement to library instruction sessions for EN 1113 (English Composition II), EN 1113H (Honors English Composition II), and EN 1173 (Accelerated Composition II).

Types of Resources


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UC San Diego, “Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources.” MCWP 50 & MCWP 125: Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources Research Guide, Accessed 20 Nov. 2018.

CRAAP: Use to Evaluate Web Resources

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UC San Diego. “CRAAP Test,” Preuss School: Website Evaluation Research Guide, Accessed 20 Nov 2018.

Library Resources vs. Google

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Pace University Libraries. “Google vs. Library Resources,” Pace University: Women’s & Gender Studies Research Guide, Accessed 20 Nov. 2018.

What is False News?

False News is a type of journalism with the goal to deliberately misinform or spread hoaxes through print, broadcast, and social media. “False news” is not news you disagree with. There is an intent present to mislead for financial, political, or malicious gain. As the term "fake news" has become politicized, try not to use it in regards to misinformation.

The ability to tell accurate news from false news is an important skill that you'll use your entire life. This guide will give you valuable insight in telling fact from fiction online.

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Website Evaluation

When evaluating online resources, it's hard to let go of our own biases. However, often Fake News can be used as a tool to keep those biases in check. Learning to look deeper using tools presented in this research guide is the first step. You don't have to agree with everything that you read, but sometimes making the best case you can for a perspective or argument that conflicts with your own beliefs and perceptions will help you make your own arguments better.

Chainsawsuit comic by Kris Straub, from Sept. 16, 2014