ENGL 124 GCCCD Discovery Channel to Research Dr Robert Folk & Dr Monica Grady

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Discovery Channel Program Exercise in Support and Credibility of Experts by Googling Parts 1 and 2 — minimum 5 pages of writing (approx. 1250 words) for each person you research— Yes, that means 10 pages

How can you tell which online information comes from reliable authorities? Anytime you use someone else's words or ideas in your writing or formal speaking you should be aware who that person is; you can start now investigating the reliability of any sources you are thinking of quoting or paraphrasing.

We like to think that if information is in print, it is reliable. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. People with unjust biases and even those who want to sow hatred find their way into print. In general, works that appear in print go through a much more extensive vetting process than what appears online, but there are so-called vanity presses that will publish pretty much anything if the author will pay the cost. There are also all sorts of periodicals that express slanted—and often conflicting—points of view, some of them offensive to many of us. That's what comes of freedom of the press.

When you go online, how can you start to weed through a list of results to find reliable authorities? For one thing, you can learn to "read" the list of results you get from Google or other search engines.

Please document the following by taking screen shots and explaining in prose as you work through your research in order to discover the possible credibility of two of the experts from the list.Please number each part of your assignment.

  • Choose two:

Dr. Robert Folk, a geologist

Dr. Monica Grady, a meteorite specialist

Dr. Michael Persinger, neurologist and geologist

Dr. Joe Nickell, a paranormal investigator

Dr. David M. Jacobs, an historian

Dr. Jack Cohen, a reproductive biologist

Garry Wood, an ambulance driver in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Take a screen shot of the list of links that appear.Be sure to post this and all other screen shots in your paper. Before you click on a link, examine the first ten to fifteen entries in the resulting list. Yes, you may use Wikipedia as one source for this assignment.Look at each URL and see what you can learn from it. Also notice any other information that might affect your opinion of the source's reliability or objectivity.
  • Are there sources that you immediately trust as reliable? Which ones, and why?
  • Are there any that you immediately assume will present a biased perspective? Which ones, and why?
  • Are there any that are completely unfamiliar to you? If so, choose two or three and speculate what type of source each might be.
  • Now click on a couple of the sources that you trusted as being reliable. Identify exactly who wrote the document that you have accessed. If you cannot find an author, what does that suggest? If there is an author, search that person’s name and see if you find convincing credentials that support the assumption that he or she is qualified to write on the subject at hand.
  • Do the same with at least two sources that you predicted would be biased. Does further investigation support your assumption?
  • Go to at least one of the sources that were unfamiliar to you. Once you look more closely at the source, do you find any evidence of its reliability or lack thereof? Explain.
  • Based on your research, do you think the expert is credible in his/her field?Give at least two examples why.

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Discovery Channel Assignment
1. For this assignment, I have chosen to research Dr. Robert Folk and Dr. Monica

Source 1: Dr. Robert Folk is a geologist


Source 2: Dr. Monica Grady is a meteorite specialist

2. Upon reviewing this list of resources, I noticed a couple of things. Primarily, I
noticed that almost none of the sources come from educational websites. I consider
scholarly internet resources to be websites that end in ‘.org’, ‘.net’, ‘.edu’, or ‘.gov’.
On the first page alone, I only counted three sources with one of the aforementioned.
I do not usually like to use information from internet sources without those suffixes
because they tend to be biased or possess fallacies. Furthermore, I cannot guarantee
their credibility. As a student, finding credible sources is important because I can rest
easy knowing that the information is credible and, hopefully, unbiased. I also know
that it is backed by research that clearly proves its thesis and, therefore, helps me
establish credibility as a scholar. The sources that I found concerning Dr. Folk were
mostly in memoriam, telling me that he died at some point which obviously upset
many members of the scientific community. The sources that I gravitated the most
towards were the ones from the American Geosciences Institute, the University of
Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, Research Gate, and Principia
Scientific International. They were the only sources that I considered to be credible
because of their suffixes. The information they possess comes from reliable sources
and given that all of the sources are from an institute or organization that was related
to Dr. Folk’s field of work, I find that they are the more trustworthy sources to use
should I need to.

The New York Times, Science for the People, and Twitter seem to be the sources
that most likely would possess some bias. The New York Times is a newspaper.
Journalism, whether intentional or not, usually possesses bias, therefore, making it a

less credible source than an institute or government site. Science for the People is
much like Wikipedia in that it allows people who may not have any educational
foundation on a subject to post their work. They pass off the work of others as fact,
making it an untrustworthy source because there is no guarantee that the writer has
any idea what they’re talking about or that they are unbiased.


Finally, Twitter is social media. It is full of bias and the varying opinions of others.
The entire point of social media is to post opinions so it is certainly not a credible
source of information


None of the sites are unfamiliar to me. At some point or another, I’ve either used or
proliferated these sites for my own research or curious needs.

3. Two sources I trust to be reliable are:

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