Choosing Online Sources

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Choosing Online Sources

  1. 1. Choosing Online Sources<br />Evaluating Primary Sources on the Web<br />
  2. 2. C.A.R.S. Method of Evaluation<br />1. Credibility<br />2. Accuracy<br />3. Reasonableness<br />4. Support<br />
  3. 3. Credibility<br />CREDIBILITY – How do you know the information and author are authentic and reliable? <br /><ul><li>What is the publishing or sponsoring organization?
  4. 4. What are the author’s credentials?
  5. 5. Is the author/producer an authority on the subject?
  6. 6. What is the author/producer’s contact information? </li></ul>Adapted from material available at www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htmand www.andyspinks.com. Used with permission for nonprofit educational use.<br />
  7. 7. Credibility<br />And the big one…<br /><ul><li>Are there spelling errors, grammar errors, dead links, or other problems that indicate a lack of quality control?</li></ul>Adapted from material available at www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htmand www.andyspinks.com. Used with permission for nonprofit educational use.<br />
  8. 8. Credibility: Who Hosts It?<br />
  9. 9. Accuracy<br />ACCURACY - How do you know the information is up-to-date, factual, detailed, and comprehensive? <br /><ul><li>What is the date of publication or copyright? How recently has the site been updated?
  10. 10. Does the information on the site agree with other sources?
  11. 11. Does the information contradict itself?
  12. 12. How is the information relevant to your research needs?</li></ul>Adapted from material available at www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm and www.andyspinks.com. Used with permission for nonprofit educational use.<br />
  13. 13. Accuracy and Wikipedia<br />Wikipedia is not always an unreliable source. Sometimes the information found there is quite accurate. However, at times, it can have false or mistaken information. Also, it may have short-term errors before corrections are made to content, and this can be misleading. For these reasons, avoid it when doing academic research.<br />
  14. 14. Reasonableness<br />REASONABLENESS – How do you know the information is fair, objective, moderate, and consistent? <br /><ul><li>What bias does the author, host or sponsor appear to have?
  15. 15. In what way is the information provided balanced?
  16. 16. What is the motivation or purpose for creating the site? To sell a product? To advance a viewpoint or belief? To educate?</li></ul>Adapted from material available at www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm and www.andyspinks.com. Used with permission for nonprofit educational use.<br />
  17. 17. Support<br />SUPPORT – How reliable, accurate, reasonable and well-supported are the sources for your resource? <br /><ul><li>How many sources support the resource? Can you find them easily?
  18. 18. Pick one source and evaluate it with the CARS list. How credible, accurate, reasonable, and well-supported does it seem?
  19. 19. Is there a way to contact the author or organization?</li></ul>Adapted from material available at www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm and www.andyspinks.com. Used with permission for nonprofit educational use.<br />
  20. 20. Some Online Sources<br />The HERO Project<br />BIO<br />GALILEO<br />Websites<br />American <br />Rhetoric<br />BiographyOnline<br />
  21. 21. Some Online Sources<br />America’sStory<br />TED<br />Civil Rights<br />Digital Library<br />Websites<br />HarcourtBiographies<br />History.com<br />

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