Evaluating the WWWWHO put the information there and how do I know they are credible?WHEN was the information updated?WHAT information is there? Is it thorough, accurate and helpful to my research?
Who is behind the information?Identify their CREDIBILITY and AUTHORITY on the topic at hand.If you can’t answer this, don’t use the site.TIPS: Look for “About” or “About Us” or a link to author information. Dig deeper and look for BIAS with “Our Mission” or similar links.
Find the Who http://fairview.org/ http://www.cdc.gov/ How are these sites alike? How are they different?
Check the URL.gov-- a government sponsored website—usually very reliable. .org -- an organization sponsored website --- sometimes reliable, but watch for BIAS. Use discretion. .edu – an educational institution sponsored website--- watch for a ~ symbol which means a personal page (like a student). Use discretion. .com – commercially sponsored site—can be reliable, but may be biased. Use discretion..net – a site sponsored by a network service– sometimes reliable--could be a personal page. Use discretion.
Whenwas the site last updated? One of the benefits of the web is that it is constantly updated with new information. Make sure you are getting the latest!
Find the When http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/ne ws/2003/05/58861 http://socialmediatoday.com/dlawrence/ 448330/generation-text-teens-and-cell- phonesWhy does it matter in this case?
Whatinformation is on the site? Does it appear to be accurate and thorough? Does it support your research? This usually takes some detective work to figure out.
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WHAT Investigative Tips it look#1-Get a first impression: Doesprofessional?#2-Consider the title of the page: What is thefocus?#3-Browse the content: Read part of the site.#4-Identify the “WHO”Are they credible?#5-Explore a little deeper: Investigate links, tabs,pictures, etc.#6-Make a judgment: Should it be used to support
Put Your Skills to Work www.bfro.netInvestigate the WHO, WHEN and WHAT.Make a judgment and support your reason.
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Search Tips: Things to DOPreview before clicking! The URL (who) The Summary (what)
Search Tips: Things to DOUse quotations to find exactphrases“influence of Lady Gaga”“contributions of Lady Gaga”
Search Tips: Things to DOUSE Advanced SearchAllows you to searchonly for specificdomains (like.edu, .gov, etc) andmany other ways tocontrol your Googleresults.
Your Turn!Brainstorm on some search queries foryour research topic. Try each tip at leastonce. • Combine specific search terms • Ex: lady gaga contributions society • Use direct “quotations” • Ex: “lady gaga’s influence” • Use Google Advanced Search • Search for .edu, .gov, etc.