Intro to research

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  • 1. Evaluating Information Internet vs. Databases Benton Library Media Center
  • 2. RESEARCH IS SIMPLE . . . RIGHT? SEARCH EVALUATE CITE Images: “MacBook light shift” by goobimama via Flickr, CC-licensed “Goed Zoekveld” by Bart van Biezen via Flickr, CC-licensed “Closeup of an opened dictionary” by zehfernando via Flickr, CC-licensed
  • 3. SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION bentonlibrary.org OR Google Images: “New Google Favicon High Resolution” by Tiger Pixel via Flickr under a CC-license.
  • 4. WHAT IS A DATABASE? search engine for printed publications scholarly journals popular magazines newspapers other content
  • 5. DATABASES vs THE INTERNET academic content varied content VS updated daily updated irregularly VS peer reviewing little or no reviewing of articles of websites PEER REVIEW VS Images: “049”, “Fresh from the Still”, “question mark ?”, “What ?” , “Question mark” via Flickr, under a CC-license.
  • 6. EVALUATING INFORMATION “Wrong” “Right” Information Information
  • 7. THE C.R.A.P TEST CURRENCY RELIABILITY AUTHORITY PURPOSE Images: “TP” by bathroomdiva via Flickr under a CC-license.
  • 8. CURRENCY Is the information up-to-date? Does the website present new information? Can you tell when the information was published? Images: “#1 New MacBook” by Mikael Miettinen via Flickr under a CC-license. “2009-07-09 What Day Is It?” by RG of CS-taking a bit of a break via Flickr under a CC-license.
  • 9. RELIABILITY Is the information verifiable elsewhere? Is the information backed by sources? Is the information relevant to your topic? Images: “IT everywhere #31” by Paul the Wine Guy via Flickr under a CC-license. “Smack in the middle” by ogimogi via Flickr under a CC-license.
  • 10. AUTHORITY Is the website backed by experts? Can you determine the authors of the website? Is there an organization backing the website? Image: “Man vs. Power” by theqspeaks via Flickr under a CC-license.
  • 11. PURPOSE Is the website commerical or non-commercial? Is there a clear bias for a single viewpoint? Is the information presented objectively (when needed)? Image: “dot com” by Thomas Hawk via Flickr under a CC-license. “Load or unload” by Pulpolux !!! via Flickr under a CC-license.
  • 12. CITING YOUR INFORMATION Benton Library LibGuides bentonlibrary.org