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separating ‘fact’ from ‘fiction’ in contemporary climate change debates

You are required to conduct a database search for this exercise. Please remember to keep track of your sources and cite all new information appropriately in your submission! This means formatting the in-text citations and bibliography according to APA guidelines:
• To critically analyze & evaluate the ‘facts’ used by the news media in its coverage of the climate change debate
• To learn how to determine whether source is scientifically-sound in its argument and presentation of facts

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1. Decide whether you wish to complete this exercise on your own or with a group of students from your base group.

Step 2. Navigate to the Lexis-Nexis Academic database below:

Step 3. Click on the Lexis-Nexis Academic database and, if off campus and prompted to do so, log into UA web access.

Step 4. Once you reach the Lexis-Nexis search engine, type “climate change” into “search for” box in the “Search the News” box on this website (circled in red on the next page). After you enter this information ensure that you are searching “major world publications” by selecting this option from the dropdown menu under “by source type” (circled in red on the next page). Click the blue GO button to start your search.

Step 5. Your search will return close to 1,000 results. Take a look at a few of these and pick one to analyze in this exercise.

Step 6. Answer Question 1.

Step 7. Carefully read the article you selected, taking copious notes as you do. Be sure to make note of any ‘facts’ presented in the body of the article.

Step 8. Answer Questions 2 & 3.

Step 9. Acting as a fact-checker, conduct research to discern the validity of the facts presented.

Important Note: Though we acknowledge that your lecture notes and assigned readings may be useful in this step, you are required to locate at least one new source of information during this step.

Step 10. Answer Question 4 .

Step 11. Reflecting on what you have learned in this exercise, answer Question 5 .
(1) Which newspaper article did you select and why? Identify the article title and explain why you selected this particular article. (1-2 sentences)
(2) What is the main argument presented in the article? Briefly summarize the author’s/authors’ argument in your selected article. (2-3 sentences)
(3) What are the ‘facts’ presented by the author(s) in your article? List two facts provided by the author in the article you selected. (Bulleted list of two facts; full sentences not required)
(4) Based on your independent research, are these two ‘facts’ scientifically sound? That is, are these facts supported by solid scientific evidence? Determine whether there is scientific proof to support these two ‘facts’ and then discuss the scientific validity of these facts. (4-6 sentences)
(5) In your opinion, does the news media adequately research its climate change stories before publishing them? Why or why not? Based on what you learned in this exercise, evaluate the robustness of the news media’s fact-checking and explain whether their research is rigorous enough. (3-5 sentences)

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