Chem 103 Web Project Instructions
Due Date: No later than
November 24, 2003.
a single issue from the list below
and go to the class web site
to find the two assigned web sites associated with the topic.Write a
short essay about the issue
consisting of three paragraphs:1) summarizing the point of view
of the web site on one side of
issue; 2) summarizing the point of view of the web site on the other
the issue; 3) explaining which side you agree with and why. The
third paragraph should include a
critical analysis of the quality of the information in the web sites.
You need to answer the question,
"Is the content of the web sites verified or verifiable factual
information or just hearsay?"You must back up your answer to this
question with references
analysis of the quality of the information source or sources.
Send the essay by e-mail to Dr. Gutow
any time before November 24, 2003. (The submission will be scored out
of 40 points: each
paragraph-10, a well reasoned point of view paragraph-10,
The essay must be submitted as text based e-mail. You may word
process it, but then you must copy and paste it
into your mail program. Special
characters such as curly quotes, superscripts and subscripts are not
supported by text e-mail. You may want to make sure to save the
document as text only in your word processor before you copy to the
On the class web site are links to pairs of web sites
that have opposing/different points of view concerning each
issue. Under some issues there is more than one pair to choose
from. Choose just one pair to write your essay on. You may
want to look at a number of the sites before you decide what to write
about. You may not choose pairs that are not listed. If
links don't work please e-mail Dr.
so that he may fix them.
Contents of summary paragraphs
(paragraphs 1 and 2):
Contents of the third paragraph
stating your viewpoint:
1) First sentence should state who
produced and sponsored the web site plus the point of view or side of
the argument the web site takes.
2) The remainder of the paragraph should summarize the main arguments
made on the web site to support their point of view. Write this
part in your own words and include a minimum of two of the most
important arguments. Statements backed up by data carry more
weight than simple statements of the way things are. Use your own
words. Don't plagarize.
on the assignment will result in an automatic 0.
1) First sentence should state which
side you agree with. If you don't agree with either side just say
2) The rest of the paragraph should explain why your position is as
in the first sentence.
3) Your position should be based on an analysis of the quality of the
information used to support the arguments. This analysis
should include answers to the following questions:
a) Is the web site author or sponsor
biased because of affiliation with a particular interest group?
b) For each piece of information used (at least those summarized in
paragraphs 1 and 2) is the source reliable? For example, data
reviewed scientific work
is more reliable than numbers found in
news articles. Usually, but not always, raw technical data
published by US, Canadian and European government agencies is
reliable. You have to be more careful with analyses that do not
undergo rigorous review by independent organizations.
c) To support your analysis of the information quality explain how you
checked on it. Provide web links where appropriate.
FINAL CHECKS BEFORE SUBMISSION
•Did you review all the parts of the
web site that talk about the issue, not just the initial page to which
the link was provided? In some cases the link is to a complete
article which is all that you need to write about. However, most
of the time it is to a web site that has multiple pages and sub-pages
on the topic. Follow and think about all the links. In your
essay summarize information from any important links.
•Make sure you have answered any questions specific to your topic that
are asked on the link web page.
•Put your full name at the top of
•Skip a line and copy the name of your topic and both links from
the link web page to your
•Please double check your spelling
your web project.
•After grammar the biggest problem people have is
web addresses when they include additional web sites as references.
If you provide web addresses that do
not work you will not get credit
for using them as references!!! The best way to get them
correct is to use your
copy and paste functions to copy the address of the web site directly
the location field into your e-mail or word processor. Note that
the site uses frames you may not be copying the correct link address.
by restarting the browser and pasting the link address back into the
from your document.
•Make sure your final document contains no special characters such as
curly quotes, superscripts, subscripts, greek characters, automatic
•Now you can submit your finished document
by e-mailing it as text to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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