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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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