The assignment has students search the same topic in Google and the Web of Science or BIOSIS database. They are asked to pick one result from each search, identify its components (title, author, year) and identify the container of the information (journal, book, news, etc.). They are then asked to compare and reflect on the different results. 


Students will learn how serial publications are presented in databases and how to read them chronologically to determine trends over time using the MLA International Bibliography.


This is designed to introduce students to the wonderful world of periodicals, in their great variety, and to how they will appear in different databases. It also begins the work of building their skills at evaluating information sources, determining perspective.

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A list of organizations, journals, and programs that offer support related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in a particular discipline from Illinois State University.

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