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HIS 111,112,131,132--Critical Core Signature

Assignment Internet Research Assignment

The Internet is a major source of information and research. Effectively and responsibly using the
Internet as a research tool is a critical skill students will need in whatever career they follow. The
purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with information literacy and the use of the
Internet as a research tool. Wesleyan University defines information literacy as:
“a crucial skill in the pursuit of knowledge. It involves recognizing when information is needed
and being able to efficiently locate, accurately evaluate, effectively use, and clearly communicate
information in various formats. It refers to the ability to navigate the rapidly growing
information environment, which encompasses an increasing number of information suppliers as
well as the amount supplied, and includes bodies of professional literature, popular media,
libraries, the Internet, and much more. Increasingly, information is available in unfiltered
formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability. This abundance of
information is of little help to those who have not learned how to use it effectively.”
("Information Literacy." Information Literacy Defined, Library - Wesleyan University. Accessed
January 27, 2017.http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/infoforyou/infolitdefined.html.)

Source Material
How to be a more critical thinker about news

By David Brancaccio


Assignment Details
The student will locate a website related to this course. Please go to for History course
descriptions (HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132) and select a topic related to the appropriate
class. Other possible topics can be discussed with the instructor. Stay away from sites such as
Wikipedia or other "encyclopedia" websites.

The student will use the chart below to evaluate the site. The assignment should be typed using
Microsoft Word. If you do not do not have Microsoft Word, CPCC has a large number of open
computer labs available for use at various CPCC campuses and libraries which have Microsoft
Word. For a complete list go to: http://www.cpcc.edu/itservices/labs.
This assignment will count as 5% of your grade for the class.

Once you have located the website you will use, please complete the signature assignment
Possible Points
Full Name of Website and URL/ Web Address: 6

Who is the intended audience for this site? How did you determine this? 10
(75 word minimum)

How could the site’s domain (.edu, .net, .or, .gov.) impact its credibility? 10
(75 word minimum)

Briefly describe the organization, company, agency, etc. who published the 10
site. (75 word minimum)

Does this site have ads or is it ad free? What does this say about its 10
credibility? (75 word minimum)

Describe the site comprehensively. Clearly state any issues or problems 50

with this site. Please address the following:
1. Provide a brief a brief summary of how the site addresses the topic.
1. The summary SHOULD NOT be an abridged biography or
summary of the person or event addressed by the site.
2. The summary SHOULD focused on how the website
addresses the topic and SHOULD NOT be about the topic
2. Can you verify the information in another source? (Provide links to
2 other credible websites that have similar information.)
3. Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
1. Is the information fact, opinion, and/or propaganda?
2. Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious,
institutional, or personal biases?
4. Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
(Why or why not, explain.)

(This entire section should be at least 300 words)

Critical Thinking Key Indicator

Student formulates and articulates a position

The remaining 4 points for this assignment will come from looking at your work in its
totality and determining if you successfully exhibited your critical thinking skills. Below
you will find the criteria for that assessment:

● Issue/problem is stated clearly and described comprehensively, providing all

relevant information necessary for full understanding. —4 points

● Issue/problem is stated, described and clarified so that understanding is not

seriously impeded by omissions. —3 points

● Issue/problem is stated but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities

unexplored, and boundaries undeveloped, and/or backgrounds unknown. —2

● Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated without clarification or

description. —1 point

● Critical thinking was not evident. —0 points

Total Points out of 100: _________