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4.5: Activity- Find Top Authorities for a Subject

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  • Activity: Find Top Authorities for a Subject

    Get together in small groups, and by both pooling group knowledge and doing research, develop a list of three authoritative books/websites for information on one of the following subjects:

    • Lead Poisoning in Homes
    • American Hate Groups
    • Weight Loss
    • Nuclear Policy
    • Philosophy of Stoicsim
    • Civil War and Race
    • The Deficit and Deficit Spending

    Your sources should be

    • Written, edited, or curated by people with a high-level of subject expertise.
    • Have a process in place that ensures accuracy and verification

    Or be

    • Written and published by someone with a reputation for accuracy
    • Informed by a broad array of expert interviews and perspectives

    When each group has finished their selection trade your list of expert books/sites with another group and have that group critique the list.

    Some questions for reflection:

    • Do the best sources show up at the top of Google search results?
    • If not, what does show up? Why do you think that result shows up instead?
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