DescriptionWriting Exercise #9
Analyzing and Summarizing Scholarly Sources
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Learning Objectives
Critically think and reflect about writing and rhetoric through reading, analysis, and reflection.
Search, identify, and critique complex texts using critical reading and annotation strategies.
Integrate and summarize relevant, supporting information from appropriate scholarly and/or discipline-specific
sources.
Synthesize original ideas with information from a variety of sources presented in a well-organized, coherent,
and persuasive manner.
Understand and practice the various purposes and stages of the academic writing processes, with particular
emphasis on the benefits of thesis development, annotated bibliographies, multi-stage revision of drafts in a
clear, concise, and organized in the specified rules of grammar, punctuation, and citation style, thereby avoiding
plagiarism, and effective use of time management to accomplish the aforementioned.
Instructions: The following activity is designed to help you begin thinking about online searching methods for
finding accessible and credible information. Use the four search engines below to answer Parts 1 and 2. Place your
answers in the comparison chart provided at the end of this document.
Google
Yahoo
DuckDuckGo
Yandex
Instructions, Part 1
Choose any four of the following terms and enter them into each of the listed search engines above, for a total of
sixteen searches. Place your answers in the comparison chart below so that you may then compare your results,
looking particularly at the first five results of every search. Then answer the following three questions.
summer
bear
therapy
lightning
clouds
Elon Musk
safety
chapter
exercise
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Which results do you trust the most? Why? How do personalized results compare to those that do not?
What makes one source more trustworthy or credible than another? How can you determine a source’s biases?
Why is it important to consider a source’s biases?
Discuss which questions you might ask when evaluating a source and provide your reasoning for each.
Instructions, Part 2
Now use each of the four search engines from above to generate answers to the following bulleted questions.
Compare answers from each search and answer questions 4 and 5 below.
• Where is the best place to buy fish in China?
• Where can you get good Italian food in Chicago?
• Where are the best waffles in Belgium?
• Where is the best breakfast in New York?
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Which results do you trust the most? Examine and explain why you trust those sources more than others.
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Which sources of information does the general public trust the most? Why? State whether you agree or disagree
and why.
Comparison Chart
4 Words Yahoo Google Duck Duck Go Yandex
Component
Assessment Criteria
Content
The writer addressed each question 15
in some capacity
Creator Ethos The response was free of spelling
and punctuation errors.
Total
5

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