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Assignment | Marine Policy Project (Spears): Build An Argument

Spring 2021 | Oceanography GEOL 1445) | Spears

Information Types: Scholarly and more....

LSC Library Article Databases  are your sure bet for current, authoritative, accurate, and unbiased information. Some information types may be very current and published by high profile and journalistic authors from an outlet such as the New York Times. While you are selecting your topic, the encyclopedic information types (Credo and Gale on previous page) will give you a broad overview of a topic. No need for scholarly content at this initial stage. The broad topic overviews and the credible and current information builds a good foundation for research. However...

Your argument will be built on the research of scholars as well as credible information from reputable sources. All of your sources are cited to impress your readers on the reliability of your information and to give credit to the scholars and writers of information that you use. Your argument will be as strong as the authority expressed by the nature of your information sources. Therefore, an emphasis is placed on finding and using high quality information types.

On this page we concentrate on how to read scholarly content. How to read and understand content that may be highly technical and filled with research data. Understanding the content yourself is essential because you will argue with knowledge learned from your reading. To help with that cognitive process, an annotated bibliography will be used as a tool to identify and explain the sources you select. 

The next page of this guide will talk about where to find scholarly content. Now let's learn more about understanding the scholarly content. Once your understand what the article is saying you will be able to select the article to build your argument.

Video: Quick Overview

Tutorial: Reading Scholarly Articles