English 1102 Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified needEnglish 1102 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
Questions to ask yourself What do I want to know? know your assignment How do I find what I need? types of resources Is what I found right for me? evaluate
Proper Planning Prevents… Brainstorm Talkwith friends Browse indexes, table of contents Define Know your audience Narrow vs. broad Identify Main topic plus related concepts/ideas List synonyms for each
Search Strategy Putting it all together Connect your main topic with related terms Be flexible with your combination of terms and synonyms
Boolean Operators AND = narrow AND is automatically used by Google and other search engines to combine terms OR = expand NOT = exclude
Search Terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3Main idea Subtopic Subtopic OR OR OR AND ANDSynonym Synonym Synonym OR OR ORSynonym Synonym Synonym • Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order • Connect different concepts with AND • Connect similar concepts with OR
Search Term Worksheet Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3“binge drinking” college impact OR OR OR AND AND(alcohol abuse) university result OR OR OR“excessive drinking” “higher education”
Know where to look Books Articles Online Resources
Books comprehensive information often a historical perspective find book titles in the CSU Catalog
Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective may be unstable find resources from reliable online sources
Know Your Domains Extension Type .edu Educational institution .org Non-profit service organizations .gov Government agency .mil Military entities .biz Businesses .com Commercial organization .net Internet service providers
Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
Evaluate: Authority Determine the need for an expert perspective Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials? What affiliations does the author have? Is contact information provided? Who published the work? Who sponsored the work?
Evaluate: Content Determine the information need Who is the intended audience? What is the purpose? scope? Examine objectivity, accuracy Is the information verifiable? Evaluate overall quality Evaluate overall usefulness, appropriateness