There is a flood of information in our world - much of which is better characterized as misinformation or disinformation. This is especially true of Appalachia, which has been subject to a long history of stereotype and myth. The ability to discern verifiable fact will enable our students to make informed decisions about the region. The first part of this course will use the book UnSpun, which provides tools to differentiate fact from fiction. From this section, students will learn how to acquire information, assess its validity, critically explore and analyze information, communicate clearly and concisely, engage in public discussion and debate, and make decisions based on an evidentiary foundation. The next part of the seminar utilizes the skills learned above to allow the student to analyze complex problems that require a multidisciplinary approach which will include the dynamic interplay of the environment, economy, culture, society, and politics of the region. In essence, students will be encouraged to distinguish real facts from those that are part of the local and nation imagination. Finally, this seminar will encourage students to examine Appalachia as a real place with real and documentable problems and needs.
Want to add library results to your Google Scholar searches? I will show you how to do that here. You can find google scholar at http://scholar.google.com.
When you get to Google Scholar, click on the Settings button, which looks like a little cog in the top right corner.
Inside the Scholar Preferences, there will be a few links on the left side of the screen. Click on the "Library Links" one. Search for Morehead State University - Full text. You can also search for Open Worldcat - Library Search. These will add the library resources to your Google scholar results.