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Ch 23: Sources of Information in Social Science

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You have entered a chapter where you will be able to watch brief and fun video lessons and take quizzes that will help remind you of concepts like the critical thinking process and print sources for research. These resources will enable you to refresh your mind about the the sources of information in social science.

Sources of Information in Social Science - Chapter Summary

Check how much you remember about source materials by watching engaging 5-10 minute videos. Assess the amount of information you remember about analyzing references by taking our brief quizzes. Your completion of this chapter will give you the refresher you need on the following:

  • Definition of primary and secondary research
  • Print sources for research
  • Ways of evaluating the validity of your sources
  • Methods of analyzing reference books
  • Types of literary nonfiction such as essays, letters, and biographies
  • Kinds of informational texts, i.e. speeches and editorials
  • Critical thinking process
  • Ways to determine the validity of historical documents
  • Strategies for reading visual representations

If you need to determine the central themes in the lessons, try reading the video transcripts, which include bold printed keywords. You can easily go back to previous lessons by clicking Recent Activity. The chapter enables you to keep track of how many lessons you've watched and quizzes you've taken. Let our instructors know if you have any questions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 23: Sources of Information in Social Science
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Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

1. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.

Print & Electronic Sources for Scientific Research

2. Print & Electronic Sources for Scientific Research

Sources provide you with helpful background information that support your own work. You can find sources both online and in printed materials. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, so you'll need to consider which is best for you and your project.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

3. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

4. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

5. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.

Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

6. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.

Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

7. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

8. The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions

In this lesson, you'll learn the steps involved in the critical thinking process. You'll consider how coming to a conclusion effectively involves multiple questions that get you thinking about a topic in a new way.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

9. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

10. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

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