GNED104 -- Library Research Methods <ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Of  </li></ul><ul><li>Your sources </li></ul>
Evaluation of Your Sources. <ul><li>Books, magazines, websites </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority/...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>1.  Is author's name included?  </li>...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>3.  What is the author's opinion? Is ...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is it a reliable source? Why? Does...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>1. When was item written?  </li></ul><ul><li>A.  Old...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>4. Is it objective or subjective (facts, or opinion/...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>1.  Is author's name included?  <...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>4.  Who publishes the item? Is th...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>1. When was item written?  </li></ul><ul><li>A. ...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>3. Is there evidence of any bias, either by the ...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is the information accurate? Why?  </li></ul>...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Web Pages <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>1.  Is author's name included?  <...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Web Pages <ul><li>Authority/credibility  </li></ul><ul><li>3.  What is the author's opinion?...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Webpages <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>1. When was item written?  </li></ul><ul><li>A. M...
Evaluation of Your Sources -- Webpages <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>4. Is it objective or subjective (facts, or opini...
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Evaluation of Information

  1. 1. GNED104 -- Library Research Methods <ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Of </li></ul><ul><li>Your sources </li></ul>
  2. 2. Evaluation of Your Sources. <ul><li>Books, magazines, websites </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>1. Is author's name included? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What is the expertise of the author? Is it related to the topic of the book? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Education </li></ul><ul><li>B. Profession </li></ul><ul><li>C. Other publications </li></ul>
  4. 4. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>3. What is the author's opinion? Is it backed up with facts (statistics, historical data, etc.)? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Who publishes the item? Is there hidden &quot;agenda,&quot; or a cause, or is it just a business? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is it a reliable source? Why? Does it include a bibliography or works cited page? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Check book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>B. Is it listed in other sources? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>1. When was item written? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Older material may be out of date </li></ul><ul><li>B. Older material may be useful for historical research </li></ul><ul><li>2. Is the content meaningful and useful? Why ? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Is there evidence of any bias, either by the author or the publisher? Bias is not necessarily bad if it is obvious </li></ul>
  7. 7. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Books <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>4. Is it objective or subjective (facts, or opinion/creative)? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is the information accurate? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>6. Is it primary source material? Did the person witness the event (primary) or just writing about it (secondary)? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>1. Is author's name included? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What is the expertise of the author? </li></ul><ul><li>(Education, profession, publications,etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>3. What is the author's opinion is? Is it backed up with facts (statistics, historical data, etc.)? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>4. Who publishes the item? Is there hidden &quot;agenda,&quot; or a cause, or is it just a business? </li></ul><ul><li>[For example, Washington Monthly (a newspaper) is owned and published by the Unification Church] </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is it a reliable source? Why? Does it include a bibliography or works cited page? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>1. When was item written? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Technical topics need current material </li></ul><ul><li>B. Older magazines may be useful for certain topics </li></ul><ul><li>2. Is the content meaningful and useful? Why ? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>3. Is there evidence of any bias, either by the author or the publisher? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Is it objective or subjective (facts, or opinion/creative)? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Newspapers such as National Inquirer or the Star are not considered factual!! </li></ul><ul><li>B. Many magazine articles in popular magazines may appear factual but are actually more subjective </li></ul>
  12. 12. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Magazines <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is the information accurate? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>6. Is it primary source material? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Newspapers may be primary or secondary. If reporter witnessed the event in person then it is primary, if not it is secondary. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Be careful. Some articles may appear to be primary sources but are really secondary. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Web Pages <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>1. Is author's name included? </li></ul><ul><li>A. You must know who wrote or who is responsible for a website. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Do not use a site if there is no obvious author or group responsible for it. </li></ul><ul><li>2. What is the expertise of the author? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Anyone can put up a webpage on any topic!! </li></ul><ul><li>B. Expertise must be evaluated when looking at web sites. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Web Pages <ul><li>Authority/credibility </li></ul><ul><li>3. What is the author's opinion? Is it backed up with facts (statistics, historical data, etc.)? What is the source of the statistics or other facts? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Who publishes the item? Is there hidden &quot;agenda,&quot; or a cause, or is it just a business? (N.R.A. website would not give a balanced view on gun control) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is it a reliable source? Why? What other sites point to it? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Webpages <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>1. When was item written? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Many web sites never get updated. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Don’t use a web site if there is no date for when it was created or updated. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Is the content meaningful and useful? Why ? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Is there evidence of any bias, either by the author or the publisher? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Evaluation of Your Sources -- Webpages <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>4. Is it objective or subjective (facts, or opinion/creative)? Where is the web site housed? Who is the host site? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Is the information accurate? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>6. Is it primary source material? Is the author involved in the events or simply restating ideas from others? </li></ul>
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