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Social Media and Privacy


Research Question: What effects are the ubiquity of social media in our daily lives having on our privacy? Are the benefits worth the risks?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against social media as it affects individual privacy. You will also explore different viewpoints from legal analysts to academics to the general public. You will be required to read many different types of information sources including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

“Privacy: Issues, Policies, Statements.” Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce. Ed. Jane A. Malonis. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 607-611. Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type "Privacy" and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the title "Privacy: Issues, Policies, Statements" from the Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce.
  • Read the article.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

"Social Media Explosion" or “Big Data and Privacy”

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • Browns to one of these two reports
    • Browse Reports > by Topic > Science and Technology > Computers and the Internet> Social Media Explosion (Jan. 25, 2013).
    • Browse Reports > by Topic > Science and Technology > Computers and the Internet> Big Data and Privacy (Oct. 25, 2013)   
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type in "Social media misconceptions" and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Social media and our misconceptions of the realities" by Richard Sanvenero.
  • Click the link Linked Full Text to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box type in "terms and conditions do apply" and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Big Brother’s Terms and Conditions Do Apply” by Dennis and Joan West.
  • Click the link HTML Full Text to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

 

Last modified: September 30, 2014