Using the Internet, find an article on the topic you have chosen and carefully read it, taking time to notice the images included with article, how much detailed information is provided, what kind of evidence the author used, how the article is arranged and similar characteristics.

This discussion will introduce you to the Ashford University (AU) Library and to give you some practice developing your research skills. You will find that what makes the AU Library unique, compared to other academic libraries, is that it is purely online and can be accessed at any time of the day or night. The main point of this discussion is to notice the differences in the ways that scholarly articles and popular articles present information and to understand when each type of article is most appropriate. Step 1: Digital Libraries After reading Module 2 of your course text, spend a few minutes watching the following videos in order. Each video builds off the other and gradually increases your understanding of how a digital library is organized and functions. Step 2: Popular and Scholarly Sources Now, watch the . After watching this video, you know the importance of carefully considering information and sources. Conduct an interesting comparison between the information found in a popular source and a scholarly source. Select a topic that you are particularly interested in. Examples would be the benefits of red wine, how genes influence disease, school lunches contribute to obesity, legalizing drugs will lead to lower crime, etc. Step 3: Find a Scholarly Source from the Ashford University Library Next, you will find a scholarly source related to the same topic in the Ashford University Library. Watch the tutorial and take note of the strategies from the tutorial to help you find a scholarly source related to your chosen topic from the Ashford University Library. Using the FindIt@AU search box on the library home page, locate a scholarly research article on the same topic as the website that you found. Make sure you put a check in the box for scholarly/peer reviewed before clicking search when using the databases. Scholarly articles are often more challenging to read than popular articles. Reflect: Think about the differences between the popular source and the scholarly source that you found. Specifically consider the ways that the information was presented. Write: Engage in this discussion by answering the questions below: Summarize the topic you chose to research. Did you find that both article provided the same information on the topic? What specific similarities and differences did you notice in the ways that the popular source you found on the Internet and the scholarly source you found in the Ashford University Library presented information? Based on what you learned this week, when is a scholarly source more appropriate to use? When is a popular source, such as a news article, more appropriate? What insights did you gain about the use of scholarly sources in an academic environment? Be sure to include the correctly formatted APA references for both articlesthe scholarly article from the Ashford University Library and the popular article that you found online–at the end of your discussion.

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