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USU 1730: Home


Step 1: What is Credible and Useful Information?

We all have to make decisions in life and we often need to do research to make good decisions.

How do you find information to make decisions?

  • Do you ask people you know? Who do you ask and why?
  • Why do you believe some things you read and not other things?

Here is the Spectrum we looked at in class:


Popular Sources                             Hobby and Trade Publications                                    Scholarly

Buzz Feed, TMZ, Yahoo News, New York Times, Washington Post

Rock & Ice, Quilting Arts Magazine, Runner’s World

Chronicle of Higher Education, Aircraft Survivability, The American Biology Teacher

The Journal of Water Sanitation, The Journal of Animal Ethics, Transgender Studies Quarterly


General interest topics; news, entertainment

Covers specific hobbies/interests

Career-specific information

Specific to a narrow area of research


To entertain

To inform

To educate

To move the profession forward; to gain a new understanding of the subject area


Bloggers, Journalists

Hobbyists/People with lots of experience

Professionals in the field

Experts with academic credentials



People with similar interests/hobbies

People who work in the field

Professionals and experts in the field

Step 3: Help Donovan Out by Researching!

We used Academic Search Ultimate to do our initial search. You can also do some basic Google searches and search through some of the news sites listed below to find out what people are saying about the question of whether college is worth it. You might also want to see what people say about starting or running a small business, since that is one of Donovan's considerations.

CQ Researcher is an online news magazine we purchase for you and it might have more in-depth information on this question.

You can always ask a librarian for help!