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Nutrition 101, Instructor: Linda Kosa Postl: Scholarly vs. Popular Activity

Nutrition Resources Comparison Activity

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I recommend searching by article title for citations 1, 2, and 3 in the UW Libraries Search system.

  • The Evaluating Sources guide includes information on the characteristics of Scholarly Sources, Popular and News Sources, and a chart comparing Scholarly and Popular sources.
    These visuals will be used to compare the differences between different types of articles.
    1. A scholarly article, from The Journal of Nutrition - UW/CC Restricted. If you want to locate this article by way of the UW Libraries Search system you will need to copy and paste the article title into the search box. The article title is "Prevalent Vitamin B-12 Deficiency in Twelve-Month-Old Guatemalan Infants Is Predicted by Maternal B-12 Deficiency and Infant Diet." The full citation is: Jones, K.M., Ramirez-Zea, M., Zuleta, C., & Allen, L.H. (2007, May). Prevalent Vitamin B-12 Deficiency in Twelve-Month-Old Guatemalan Infants Is Predicted by Maternal B-12 Deficiency and Infant Diet. The Journal of Nutrition, 137(5), 1307-1313.
    2. A substantive news or general interest article from the New York Times - UW/CC Restricted.  If you want to locate this article by way of the UW Libraries Search system copy and paste the article title into the search box. The article title is "6 Food mistakes parents make." The full citation is: Parker-Pope, T. (2008, September 15). 6 Food mistakes parents make. New York Times.
    3. A general interest periodical or popular article from Vegetarian Times - UW/CC Restricted. If you want to locate this article by way of the UW Libraries Search system copy and paste the article title into the search box. The article title is "Eat for change." The full citation is: Dowdle, H. (2008, April). Eat for change. Vegetarian Times, 357, 68-74.
    4. A web article from Mens Health Magazine online.
  • Critical Reading Strategies for Scholarly Sources guide.
  • Class activity -- locate this article title by copying and pasting it (Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Suicide Attempts Among Urban Teenagers) into the UW Libraries Search system. The citation is: Olshen, E., McVeigh, K.H., Wunsch-Hitzig, R.A., & Rickert, V.I. (2007, June). Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Suicide Attempts Among Urban Teenagers. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 161(6): 539-545. Answer the following questions: (1) Authors - how many? credentials? (2) What problem/question is the author posing? Who else seems to be engaged in the conversation about this problem/question? (Be specific.) (3) What kind of knowledge, methods, and archives does the author use in order to address that problem/question? Are there other kinds of knowledge, methods, and archives that you think might be helpful, but that they author does not draw on? (4) What is the author's argument? How do you assess it? (Are you persuaded by/satisfied with the author's argument?) How is that argument shaped by the evidence and methods the author uses (and doesn't use)?

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