1. Often researchers employ surveys to gather information. In this forum, you will be composing a brief, five question survey relevant to your topic. Begin by reviewing the required reading material. Next, consider your topic. As a researcher, what information would be helpful to you? For example, you can use this survey to gather opinions on your topic and your alternate and proposed solutions, or you can use this survey to gauge how much knowledge your reader has on your topic. Be sure to state the purpose of your survey and ask clear, concise questions.
In responding to your peers, you are required to do two things:
1. Using the information in the reading, evaluate the effectiveness of the survey.
2. Answer the survey questions.
part 2. This assignment will give you an opportunity to analyze the strength of your sources and to practice citing two of your sources in the documentation style you have chosen for your paper. Remember, your final paper must include a minimum of 7 sources with at least 4 sources coming from peer-reviewed journals taken from the APUS library database.
Source Evaluations: After completing this week\’s required readings, select 2 of the sources you will use in your paper and compose a minimum one page evaluation of each source. Be sure to include your documentation style in your heading. After formatting the source information according to your documentation style, use the headings below to create your evaluation.
Credible Author: Explain how/why the author should be considered an expert on your chosen topic.
Reliable Publisher: Who is the publisher? What is the publisher\’s reputation? Has this source been published by a scholarly or peer-reviewed press? Is this source available in trusted archives, such as subscription databases? If this is from a website, how stable is that website?
Accuracy: Does the information seem to be accurate? Does the information correspond with or contradict information found in sources known to be reliable? Has the information been peer-reviewed? Is there a reference list available so you can verify the information? Are there any factual errors, statistical flaws, or faulty conclusions?
Current Information: Is the material up to date? If it is from a website, when was it last updated?
Objectivity (Bias): Are all sides of the issue/topic treated fairly? Do you detect any bias? (For instance, is the author connected to any institution or foundation that might be paying him, which could suggest bias?)