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NENG 221: Analytical Reading & Writing (Ide): Finding Articles

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Finding Articles

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It is a good practice to read articles from different viewpoints  The SIRS Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints have topics you can browse. 

After you choose your topic, you may need to tweak it if it is too broad or too narrow.

For example, Global Warming is too broad.  You will find too much information. A narrower topic would be How will climate change impact sea levels and the coastal U.S.

If your topic is too narrow, you will not find enough information about your topic. A too narrowed example is: Does watching cartoons with action violence cause aggression in children under age five? A broader topic would be:  Does viewing violent TV shows have negative effects on young children? 

Evaluate your articles. Use the following list below to judge your article. You will write down your notes using the Noodlebib Annotation tool (APA Citation tab)

•Author’s qualifications--who is the author? What makes him an expert? 
•Time article was published-how recent is it?
•Purpose of the article--why was the article written? 
•Intended audience-Who is the reading audience? 
•Author’s assumptions or bias--does the author have a bias or make assumptions? 
•Author’s conclusion--what did the author conclude?

Write down the main ideas and summary of the article.

•Relationship to other articles-- how does this article relate to other articles you found that agree/disagree with this article? (do this after you collect 6-8 articles)

Personal reflection and critique-useful for the paper---what are your thoughts about this article? Can you use it for your paper/presentation? Why? Why not?  

Current Issues Articles

Select articles that challenge your reading level, so you can improve your reading skills. These databases have lexile reading levels you can select to narrow articles for your reading range. I suggest you select 1301 and up. Select articles from the last 10 years.

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