Engl1102-- Evaluating Sources-- Nagel

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Engl1102-- Evaluating Sources-- Nagel

  1. 1. LIBRARYINSTRUCTIONErin L. Nagel, Spring 2013
  2. 2. Information Literacy OutcomesRecognize an information need and formulate research questions  Define an information need and develop a strategyEfficiently access information relevant to the identified need  Know where to look  Implement and refine search strategyCritically evaluate information using applicable criteria  Evaluate information before you use it
  3. 3. Library researchWhat do I want to know?How do I find it?How do I know if it’s right for me?
  4. 4. Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
  5. 5. Evaluating Information Authority Currency Content  Audience  Purpose/Scope  Objectivity/Bias  Accuracy  Quality TIP: Trust no one!
  6. 6. Evaluate: AuthorityWho wrote the information?What are his/her/their credentials?What affiliations, if any, does the author have?Is contact information provided?Who published the work?Who sponsored the work?
  7. 7. Evaluate: CurrencyWhen was the work published?Are there multiple editions?Examine currency of references NOTE: Old ≠ Bad! ex: Historical information does not need to be revisited as often as technological information
  8. 8. Evaluate: ContentWho is the intended audience?What is the purpose?What is the scope?Examine objectivityExamine for accuracyIs the information verifiable?Evaluate overall quality
  9. 9. Detailed Record- Article Authority Currency Content Content Authority
  10. 10. Detailed Record- Book Authority Currency ContentContent
  11. 11. Authority ContentDetailed Record-Multimedia Authority Content Currency
  12. 12. AuthorityAuthority Currency Content Currency
  13. 13. What if I still can’t find what I’mlooking for?Give upSwitch topicsDrop out of schoolLook in a LibGuide for tips and suggested resourcesAsk a librarian for help
  14. 14. Next steps Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified need  Go to: http://clayton.libguides.com/ENGL1102 and http://clayton.libguides.com/Research for tips on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism

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