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Assignment Purpose:

This assignment will give you the opportunity to carefully explore two different resource types to further your understanding of selecting the appropriate resource type for your information needs.

Assignment Description:

Part 1

In this exercise, you’ll compare the type of content found in a blog and a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article. Take a look at the blog entry “5 Ways to Dodge the Winter Blues” from Southern Living’s “The Daily South” blog (http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/2017/01/15/5-ways-to-dodge-the-winter-blues/)

Please answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the author of the blog?
  2. What are the credentials of the author of the blog?
  3. Is the author of the blog an expert on the subject?
  4. How long is the blog posting?
  5. Are there links to other information embedded in the blog posting?
  6. What kinds of non-text materials are included in the blog post?
  7. From this blog posting, can you find other postings about the same topic or by the same author? If so, provide examples.
  8. Who published the blog?

Part 2

Next, review the following scholarly journal article:

Nawjin, J. (2010). Happiness through vacationing: Just a temporary boost or long-term benefits? Journal of Happiness Studies, 12(4), 651-665. doi: http://dx.doi.org.prx-herzing.lirn.net/10.1007/s10…

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  1. Who is the author of the journal article?
  2. What are the credentials of the author of the journal article?
  3. Is the author of the article an expert on the subject?
  4. How long is the journal article?
  5. Are there links to other information embedded in the scholarly article?
  6. What kinds of non-text materials are included in the scholarly article?
  7. From the scholarly article, can you find other articles about the same topic or by the same author?
  8. Who published the journal article?

Summary question: Is the information found in the blog different in quality from the information found in the journal article? What would you use each type of information for?

(Questions for this assignment were drawn from: Burkhardt, J.M. (2016). Teaching information literacy reframed: 50+ Framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, page 89.)

How to submit your assignment:

After you complete your assignment using a Word document, save your work, and then you will need to attach the completed document to your submission. The process will be similar to making an attachment to an e-mail:

Under Attach File, click on “Browse My Computer.”
Look up your saved document, and click “Open.
Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click “Submit.”

Do not just provide Yes or No answers to the questions, but be sure to support your answers with additional details and/or examples when appropriate. This assignment is worth a possible 40 points and should be at least 1-2 pages in length. Please be sure to proofread your assignment before submitting.

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