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Formulating a Research Topic
As the image to the right attests, students find getting started the hardest part of the research process. You can help your students by making sure that they have a good topic - one that is nuanced, that can be managed, and that can be researched. Work with your students to help them develop and choose good topics and research questions.
The following activities can be used to help students formulate a research topic:
Checking your sources
How to spot fake news
Advice from FactCheck.org on how to spot fake news.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that monitors accuracy of "what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases."
Politifact: Fact-checking US politics
Includes Truth-o-Meter and Pants on Fire fact-checking of statements made.
From the Washington Post
Media Bias / Fact Check
MBFC News is dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices.
A resource that aims to debunk or confirm stories.
Why Students Need Help Finding Information
Spread of fake news
Visualize the spread of claims - including fake news, rumors, and more - and related fact-checking with this tool from Indiana University
Evaluating Online Information
As part of our Library Training, instructors completed this online information credibility activity based on Stanford's Research on how experts determine credibility.
You may self-register for Library Tutorials in D2L. Then link to Library Tutorials in D2L from your course pages and ask your students to self-register.
Students who complete tutorials will automatically receive a certificate that they can submit to any course. The certificate is issued when a student receives 80% or higher on the tutorial quiz.