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FYE: Foundations of Research (Contact: Geography, Resources, and Cultures Along Eurasia’s Historical Trade Routes)


Exploring the Issues

Read or watch one of the selections from under 'Learn More'. In the discussion forum for this assignment answer the following questions:

  • What selection did you choose? 
  • What was the gist or main point of the video or reading? 
  • Did you learn anything new? 

Confronting Confirmation Bias

Select a controversial issue (e.g. gun control, global climate change, privacy rights, cancel culture, etc.) and determine which side of the controversy you agree with. Find at least three articles or readings that support the other side of the argument and answer the following questions in a discussion forum post. 

  • What is your controversial issue, which side do you agree with and why? 
  • What reasons do the authors give for taking this side in the argument? 
  • Did you learn anything new about the issue? 
  • Did the authors offer any ideas you had not heard before? 
  • Did you learn anything about the people who support the other side of the argument? 
  • Did you change your mind or soften your personal position as the result of reading the three articles? 
  • Did you discover any holes in your own side of the argument? 
  • Did you discover any confirmation bias in yourself? 

Keyword Searching in the Library Catalog

Go through the process below, record your answers, and write about your findings in the discussion forum for this assignment. 

Do a search for any book in the library catalog. 

What is the title of the book?

Click on the title of the book to get to the catalog page for that book. Using the 'Browse the Shelf' section, look at the books that appear on either side of your original book. 

What the titles on either side of the book you searched? 

Are they about the same or similar topics? 

Now go to Amazon and search for the same book you found in the library catalog. Look at the 'Frequently bought together' and 'Books you may like' sections. 

What are two of the suggested titles? 

Are they about the same or similar topics? 

Were you surprised by any of the titles?