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Research Modules (Sociology Senior Seminar)


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? 
  • How will you use the information from the video or reading in your research? 

Verifying the News

In this activity you will practice your online verification skills. Below are three articles. Use the information in the Online Verification Skills videos and the Interactive Media Bias Chart to investigate each article to determine if it is reliable. Be prepared to share your findings in the discussion thread.  

Article 1: Florida teacher writes her own obituary as schools plan to reopen during COVID-19 pandemic

Article 2: Washington, DC, Police Union Moves to Block Release of Body Cam Footage

Article 3: Donald Trump Has A Dream: His Gross Face On Mount Rushmore

Guiding Questions:

  1. How did you investigate the truth of the headline and what did you find?
  2. What is your assessment of the reliability of this source?
  3. Is there another source that you would use?