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  • 1. English 101 – Mrs. Salazar
    April 26, 2011
    Evaluating SourcesBy Gina Singh
  • 2. Research Sources
    SEARCH TOOL:
    LIBRARY CATALOG
    ENCYCLOPEDIAS
    Provide short entries/articles for an overview of the topic and its main
    ideas .
    SEARCH TOOL:
    PERIODICAL DATABASE
    BOOKS
    Give more information for an in-depth exploration of one or more aspects of the topic.
    (Example: Case study books, textbooks)
    JOURNAL ARTICLES
    Lengthy scholarly research studies on an extremely focused aspect of a subject.
  • 3. Research Sources
    SEARCH TOOL:
    PERIODICAL DATABASE
    NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    Very brief news reports that focus on current events or topics currently in the news.
    MAGAZINE ARTICLES
    As short as encyclopedia articles, but instead of an overview, magazines narrow the focus to one or two specific aspects of a topic.
  • 4. Types of Resources
    Scholarly Sources
    It has abstract in the beginning
    It may have a list of keywords
    Article has a research problem
    Mentions studies that have addressed the problem in the past
    Has a purpose statement
    Has research question and hypothesis
    Uses qualitative, quantitative or mixed method approach to conduct research
    Has a conclusion at the end
    Has a bibliography or reference list at the end
    Popular Sources: Magazine articles like Style, Newsweek, Time etc.
    Newspaper sources: LA Times, Whittier Daily News etc.
    Primary Sources: Original writings created at the time when the event occurred.
    Secondary Sources: Sources that evaluate, summarize, analyze written by experts from that field after the event has occurred.
    Source: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources/index.cfm
  • 5. Checklist for Evaluating Websites
    Author: Credentials & professional affiliations
    Timeframe: Current or past view. What time period does your topic require?
    Objectivity : Point of View or Bias
    Bibliography: Citations and references to other sources
    Coverage: Relevance to the assignment. Is the source too narrow? Too broad? Can you understand it?
    Format, Organization, Appearance: Is it Easy to read?
    Source: http://libguides.uwb.edu/content.php?pid=103537&sid=778496
  • 6. Start with the URL
    http://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm
    http://is the protocol or access method
    www.stanford.eduis the domain or host name
    .edu is the top level domain
    ~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm is the directory path folder on the domain computer
  • 7. Who is the author?
    • Look for an “About Us” link on the page.
    • 8. Is it a personal page? Check for a tilde (~) in the URL.
    • 9. If you can’t figure out who is responsible for the page, try truncating the URL:
    http://www.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm
  • 10. Lets Practice
    Carefully read the following question and then examine the two websites to see which would be the better choice.
  • 11. Which site would you use?
    You are writing a research paper about the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for a history class. Which site provides better information about bridge aerodynamics for you and your audience?
    A. Computational Bridge Aerodynamics
    www.bridgeaerodynamicslab.us/index.htm
    B. Mark Ketchum’s Bridge Aerodynamics Page
    www.ketchum.org/wind.html
    C. Both choices are equally good.
    D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  • 12. Which site would you use?
    You are writing a research paper on Sojourner Truth and want to find verifiable biographical information about her. Which of the following sources would be the better choice?
    A. San Antonio College LitWeb
    www.alamo.edu/sac/english/bailey/struth.htm
    B. Sojourner Truth – African American Historical Figure
    http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/nsotrue.html
    C. Both choices are equally good.
    D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  • 13. Which site would you use?
    You are writing an essay exploring the life and work of Chinua Achebe and want to learn more about Achebe’s views. Which of the following sources would be the better choice?
    A. Chinua Achebewww.kirjasto.sci.fi/achebe.htm
    B. The Failure Interview: Chinua Achebe by Jason Zasky
    failuremag.com/index.php/feature/article/chinua_achebe
    C. Both choices are equally good.
    D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  • 14. Which site would you use?
    You are writing a research paper about theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis for his opposition to Hitler. Which of the following sources would be a better place to get an overview of his life and work?
    A. Bonhoeffer
    www.pbs.org/bonhoeffer
    B. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/bonhoeffer
    C. Both choices are equally good.
    D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  • 15. Which site would you use?
    You are writing a research paper exploring the pros and cons of using “marriage promotion” as a means to decrease poverty and improve families’ well-being. Which source below would be a more reliable source of statistics? Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
    A. The Heritage Foundationwww.heritage.org/Research/Family/cda0306.cfm
    B. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
    www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/
    C. Both choices are equally good.
    D. Neither choice appears reliable.
  • 16. Website Evaluation Checklist
    Who is responsible for website?
    Check the URL (Uniform Resource Locator or web site address) because it may the name and type of organization sponsoring the webpage. E.g. edu, com, museum, gov, net.
    Check for author of the website: Credentials, contact address, about link.
    Reason for webpage: Its purpose
    Determine the origin of the document.
    Source: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources/index.cfm#evaluating
    * Thanks to Stephanie Wells for sharing some of her slides.
  • 17. Additional Help
    For more on primary & secondary sources:
    http://lib1.bmcc.cuny.edu/help/sources.html
    Spotting Bias in news: http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/handouts/broadcast_news/bw_bias_in_the_news.cfm
    Tania ShabelnikLibguide: http://libguides.riohondo.edu/evaluatingwebsites
  • 18. Start Research from the library homepage
    FIND BOOKS
    FIND JOURNAL, MAGAZINE, AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
    FIND CONTROVERSIAL
    TOPICS
  • 19. For Off Campus Users: Access Rio Step 1
    Click on Off Campus Users
  • 20. Accessing Access Rio Step 2
  • 21. Access Rio
  • 22. Where to Search?
    For Books: Library Catalog http://library.riohondo.edu/
    For Scholarly Articles: Databases: Proquest, Gale Reference Library.
    Off Campus Users: Access Rio
    For Controversial Topics: Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context, Issues and Controversies
    Check out Controversial Topics Books Link on the library homepage http://library.riohondo.edu/
    For Historical Books : Google Books at http://books.google.com/
    For Statistics data & charts: Social Science Database
    For population stats: US Census Bureau database