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This is a pretty dry PPT about evaluating sources but informational. It also has a group activity at the end of presentation.

This is a pretty dry PPT about evaluating sources but informational. It also has a group activity at the end of presentation.

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Evaluating Sources Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Evaluating Sources
  • 2. Why evaluate sources?
    Critical thinking skill that is useful in both your academic and everyday life.
    All sources are not equal.
    • Wikiality http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/72347/july-31-2006/the-word---wikiality Wikilobbying http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/81454/january-29-2007/the-word---wikilobbying "More evidence of what happens when you bring democracy to information"
  • How do I evaluate source?
    Identify and evaluate the publication information.
    Author
    Publisher
    Sponsor
    Date
    Genre
    Audience
    Evaluate the content.
  • 3. Publication Information
    Author:
    Is the author knowledgeable about the topic?
    What is the author’s affiliation?
    How do the author’s biases affect the information, ideas, and arguments in the source?
    Publisher:
    Is the publisher reputable?
    How do the publisher’s biases affect the information, ideas, and arguments?
  • 4. Publication Information
    Sponsor:
    Who supported the publication?
    Date:
    When was the source published?
    Is it appropriate for the topic?
    Genre:
    What is the document type (e.g., research report, newspaper, magazine article, journal article, blog, website)
    Is the document type appropriate?
  • 5. Examples
    Toward an integrative software infrastructure for water management in the Smarter Planet
    http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5512828
  • 6. Examples
    http://www.heritage.org/Research/Commentary/2010/07/Hayward-First-Who-Next
    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/02/haywards-life-melancon/
  • 7. Relevance
    Determine if the information addresses your needs and will help you accomplish your purpose.
  • 8. Evidence
    Is enough evidence for a position offered?
    Is the right kind of evidence being offered?
    Is the evidence presented appropriately and fairly?
    Is there enough evidence?
    Is the source of the evidence provided?
  • 9. Comprehensiveness
    Is there a complete and balanced view?
    Is it broad/narrow enough for your topic?
  • 10. Additional criteria for online sources
    Web sites and blogs
    Check the domain (purpose and publisher)
    Check the title bar, page header and page titles (purpose, publisher, and relevance)
    Search for the author and publisher
    Check the timeliness
    Read the body and review illustrations (relevance, evidence and comprehensiveness)
    Check page footers (publisher, author)
  • 11. Is organic farming better for the environment?
    Google Is organic farming better for the environment?
    Google Does organic framing hurt the environment?
  • 12. Evaluating Sources: Analyzing Content
    Enter Group Name Here
  • 13. Group members:_____________________________
    Controversial Issue:_________________________________
    Source #1
    URL:__________________________________
    Summarize the main position of this source:
  • 14. Type of resource (e.g., company or organization website, newspaper, journal, book)?__________________________________
    Author:__________________________________
    Publisher:________________________________
    Date Published:_______________________________
    Sponsor of the information:______________________________
  • 15. Does source present facts or opinions?_________ How do you know?________________________
    Are there citations or references to other sources?_________________________________
    Is there bias or is the source balanced?________ How do you know?________________________
    What is the intent of resource (to inform, to pursued, something else)?_______ How do you know?___________________________________