Assignment Helper – Information Sources Survey

The Information Sources Survey assignment prompts you to discover, evaluate and compare different types of information sources used by your information community.

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Getting Started

Start early – don’t procrastinate!

 Review the assignment description, requirements and rubric carefully

  • Create a check-list or tracking mechanism to ensure your finished assignment meets all the requirements
  • Review sample assignments of Information Sources Survey

Review what you’ve learned so far about your information community

  • What makes them unique?
  • What makes them a community?
  • What types of information do they need?  What do you know so far about the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the information community you are researching?
  • How and where would they find that information?
  • If you’re not sure, put yourself in their shoes. Where would you try to find that information?

Finding Sources

In Module #6, you learned how to search for scholarly/research journals and about various research-based sources. Put that knowledge to work for you on this assignment.

Potential research-based source locations

In Module #7, you learned about community generated sources of information. Use some of the examples there to brainstorm some sources for your information community.

Potential community-based source locations

  • Blogs, websites, newsletters, mailing lists created by and for the community
  • Literature from non-profit or other organizations that participate in and serve your information community
  • Common “favorites” for your information community – favorite television shows, celebrities, music, etc. – are there information sources for those common favorites that serve your information community?

IMPORTANT: The two sources you choose should be a researched-based source (encyclopedia, almanac, academic journal as a whole, authoritative Web site, etc) and a community-based resource (Zine, newsletter, virtual community, blog, etc). Do not choose a single peer-reviewed article as your research-based resource.

Selecting Your Sources

After you’ve identified a few research-based and community-based sources, analyze them and select the two (one research-based and one community-based source) that have comparisons and contrasts you can identify and describe.

Research-based source analysis

  • What are the credentials of the author(s)?
  • What resources and references have they used?
  • Have others referenced their work?
  • Considering the author(s) and institution, how might the information they present have bias?
  • Considering the author(s) and institution, what gaps in information may exist?

Community-based source analysis

  • Is the source creator a member of your information community?
    • If not, what is their relationship, if any, to this community?
  • Does the source use language and terms used by your information community?
  • Does the source have evidence of use by your information community?
  • What do members of your information community say about this source?
    • Check the comments and feedback sections
    • Are members of your information community using this source in their writings/creations?
  • Considering the author(s) and institution, how might the information they present have bias?
  • Considering the author(s) and institution, what gaps in information may exist?

 Using the Information Sources Survey Template

Following the template for the Information Sources Survey will help ensure you include all of the required elements.

  • Review examples of Information Sources Survey
  • Use the template headings in your assignment (Introduction, Resources, Compare & Contrast)

Formatting Your Work

  • Review the assignment description, requirements and rubric carefully again
  • Assignment should be a minimum of 1200 words in length and no more than 1500 maximum
  • References should be cited in APA style
  • An abstract is not required for this assignment.

Submitting Your Assignment

  • Must be a minimum of 1200 words in length and no more than 1500 words maximum, double spaced, and in APA format.  
  • Spell and grammar check your document.   
  • Take a break from your document and come back later to proofread it (manually).  
  • Ask a peer to proofread your document – offer to do the same for them.
  • If you submit your assignment on Canvas prior to the due date and discover you have corrections to make, you can re-submit your assignment prior to the deadline.   
  • Submit your finished paper to Canvas (not your blog) using the naming convention: “LastName_NameofAssignment” as a PDF or Word document. 
  • All assignments are due on Sundays unless otherwise noted and must be turned in by 11:59 p.m. PT.  
  • If life circumstances require students to request an extension, please do so several days before the assignment is due or as soon as possible.

Review student examples of the Information Sources Survey: (Others are in the assignment synthesis examples.)