Project #57672 - discussion 2


Step 1: Choose a Popular Claim and Supporting Popular Source

Imagine that a friend or coworker makes one of the claims listed below (your choice) and references one of the corresponding popular sources as evidence for the claim. You may select a topic not on this list that you are particularly interested in if you so choose. Now that you know the importance of carefully considering information and sources, consider your friend or coworker’s claim and explore one of the corresponding popular sources.

“College is too expensive.”

“Drinking red wine is good for your health.”

“Marijuana has positive health benefits.”

“Carbohydrates lead to obesity.”

“Factory farming causes unnecessary suffering to animals.”

“Charter schools provide better choices to low-income families.”

“Legalizing drugs will lead to lower crime.”

Step 2: 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 Findit@AU tutorial and strategies from theGEN103 Ashford University Library: Keywords are Critical 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 that either confirms the claim of your friend or coworker or refutes it. Either way, ensure the scholarly article covers the same topic. Make sure you put a check in the box for scholarly/peer reviewed before clicking search when using the databases.




Discuss the Differences

In your discussion post, consider the differences between the news article your friend or coworker referenced in relation to their claim and the scholarly article you found in the library. You may wish to use the Venn Diagram Template to help you organize your thoughts before completing your discussion.


Write: Engage in this discussion by answering the questions below:

What similarities and differences do you notice between the popular source your friend or coworker referenced and the scholarly source you found in the Ashford University Library?

Thinking about your experience searching and watching this week’s tutorials, when is a scholarly source more appropriate to use? When is a popular source, such as a news article, more appropriate?

How would you respond to your friend or coworker regarding their claim, based on the scholarly article you found? Remember to set aside your personal opinion and challenge yourself to create a response that is based upon the scholarly article you found.

Be sure to include the author, date, title, and publication of the scholarly article from the Ashford University Library at the end of your discussion. Put the claim you are addressing in the subject line of your post.


To maximize the opportunity for vigorous discussion, you must post to this discussion on at least three separate days of the week and your posts must total at least 600 words as you address the questions noted above. Your first post must be completed by Day 3 (Thursday) and the remainder of your posts must be completed by Day 7 (Monday). You must answer all aspects of the prompt at some point during the week. Also, be sure to reply to your classmates and instructor.



Respond to Peers: As your reply to your classmates, attempt to take the conversation further by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider reflecting on your classmates’ response to their friend or coworker’s claim and the differences they found between the popular source and the scholarly source. Did they select a scholarly article that related to their topic in a meaningful way? Do you believe the information they found was credible? Why or why not?

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Due By (Pacific Time) 02/13/2015 8pm cst
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