- Critique each of the three sources from the gray literature that address your research topic or research focus, identifying the owner/sponsor of the source (the institutional, organizational or governmental agency) and describing the relationship between the mission or purpose of the institution, organization, or agency and the topic of interest to you. For example, if you identified a report or a summary of statistics from the Autism Research Institute, identify the mission or purpose of the Autism Research Institute and justify the use of the source as being appropriate to support research on your topic of interest. Provide a complete APA citation for each source. Consider accessing the Writing Center’s Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) for more on completing a complete reference citation.
- Analyze the information from each institutional, organizational, or governmental agency source, reporting how the various sources relate or link to one another and how the information is congruent or contradictory across the sources. For example, did you identify two different sets of data about your topic that offer collaborating (or contradictory) perspectives about your research topic or research focus? Report whether the information you found included references to scholarly articles or research, and whether the sources you identified link you to other relevant and credible sources.
- Evaluate the evidence of quality of each source, using the criteria introduced in the Discussion Forum.
- Indicate whether there is evidence of lack of consistency or bias in the information you found
- Identify any ethical concerns you may have about the source
- Explain how the information from these three sources can be used to reinforce the relevance or importance of your research topic or research focus, indicating how the sources will help you make a compelling case for studying the topic you have identified.
- Must be at least 1,200 words in length (not including title, abstract and references pages),
- Must list the three sources analyzed in the reference list.
- Include title, abstract, and reference pages in your paper.
Discussion Post & 3 References (for reference–may include own research)
Although gray literature is not formally published or externally reviewed, it is acceptable to use in a complementary fashion to peer-reviewed journal articles due to its respected nature of the information sources (DeBellis, 2016). Below are the articles I found related to my topic on Adolescents and Social Media.
Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, Kathleen Clarke-Pearson and Council on Communications and Media
Pediatrics April 2011, 127 (4) 800-804; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2011-0054
Many parents today use technology incredibly well and feel comfortable and capable with the programs and online venues that their children and adolescents are using. This first article explains the impact of social media on children, adolescents and families. For this reason, it is important that parents become aware of the nature of social media sites, given that not all of them are healthy environments for children and adolescents.
Lenhart, A., Duggan, M., Stepler, R., Rainie, L., & Parker, K. (2015). Pew Research Center | Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/04/PI_TeensandTech_Update2015_0409151.pdf
The second article above was found on the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) a government website that explains how teens and adolescents utilizes different forms of the media. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are especially prominent in the lives of adolescents, and they’re not just for talking with friends: adolescents use social media to express themselves and find information. This site also offers support for teens to have healthy social media use.
The final article focuses on making social media safe for everyone, not just adolescents. It has social media safety presentations to teach students and parents how to stay safe from social media-related dangers — like cyberbullying, social media addiction, sexual harassment, violence, and hate speech. This is a great resource for parents and students. There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many risks and things kids and teens should avoid. They don’t always make good choices when they post something to a site, and this can lead to problems.
DeBellis, N. (2016). Gray literature: Gray literature (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://csulb.libguides.com/graylit