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Assignment #1 Readings

Carr, Nicholas. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Teachers College Record, vol. 110, no. 14, 2008, pp. 89-94.

Johnson, Miriam J. "What Is a Book? Redefining the Book in the Digitally Social Age." Publishing Research Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1, 2019, pp. 68–78,

Noble, Safiya Umoja. "A Society Searching." Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, pp. 15-63. New York University Press, 2018,

General Readings

Beghtol, Clare. "Cataloging and Knowledge Organization." In Encyclopedia of Communication and Information, 117-122, 2002.

Deibert, Ronald. Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. Toronto, ON: Anansi, 2020. Available to One User at a Time.

Foucault, Michel. "Panopticism." In Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, 195-228. New York: Vintage Books, 1979.

Orwell, George. "Why I Write." Orwell Foundation, Institute of Advanced Studies, 2022 (©1946).

Rutherford, Alexandra. "Chapter 1: A Visible Scientist: B. F. Skinner as Public Intellectual." In Beyond the Box: B.F. Skinnner’s Technology of Behavior from Laboratory to Life, 1950s-1970s, 19-40. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Schäfer, Mike S., and Inga Schlichting. "Media Representations of Climate Change: A Meta-Analysis of the Research Field." Environmental Communication 8, no. 2 (2014): 142-60.

Zerilli, John, John Danaher, James Maclaurin, Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, Joy Liddicoat, and Merel E. Noorman. "Chapter 1: What Is Artificial Intelligence?" In A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence, 1-19. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2021.

Zerilli, John, John Danaher, James Maclaurin, Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, Joy Liddicoat, and Merel E. Noorman. "Chapter 3: Bias." In A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence, 43-60. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2021.

Reading & Argument

Argument & Evidence: An Introduction

Drag & Drop Reading Practice


Read the first few paragraphs of a scholarly journal article to identify several features common to scholarly articles. Please review this brief glossary before starting.

Mark-the-Words Reading Practice

Annotated Bibliographies

Book Hunt Photo Form

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

By Deborah Knott, New College Writing Centre (UofT)