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    • Lesson 5Evaluating SourcesIntroduction to College Research Instructor: Amber Burtis
    • Objectives of this Lesson Know the criteria set forth in the YouTube video to determine if a Web site is trustworthy and reliable. Apply the Morris Library’s 3 core criteria to a Web site example (which you will be doing for your homework). Know when it’s okay to use Wikipedia.
    • Watch this YouTube Video.Your quiz and homework will be based off this video so make sure to take notes. It will make your life a lot easier when it comes to taking the quiz!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nK8sDY mJ-s
    • Morris Library’s 3 Core Criteria We’ll focus on these 3 core criteria for evaluating Web sites for your final project: Authority Objectivity Currency
    • Example Let’s look at an example and apply these 3 core criteria. You can follow along in this PowerPoint but you might also want to open a new browser with this page: http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/
    • We’ll be looking at: JAZZ A Film by Ken Burns:Biographies
    • Take a look at the site and see if youagree with the answers listed for the questions on the next page. This may not be obvious, but this is the Author
    • Authority  Is there an author - a specific person responsible for the content of the web site? The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz  If the page is affiliated with an institution, what is its name? Public Broadcasting Station (PBS)  Can you contact the author or institution for further information? Yes, contact information is listed for PBS
    • Objectivity  For whom is this site intended? The general public  Is the author trying to sell a product or service or viewpoint? This is a supplement to a film produced by PBS and is educational  Does the author have an obvious bias? None that are apparent
    • Currency When was the Web page last updated? There is not date Does the information seem outdated? No Does information like this change often? For instance, medical information changes quickly while information about a person’s biography will likely remain the same over time. Biographical information that won’t change
    • Question to Ask Yourself? Now that you have looked at the Authority, Objectivity and Currency of the Web page you must ask yourself if you would use this website as a source for a research paper? YES If the answer is “NO,” then you’ll need to find a better source. If the answer is “YES,” then you can use it as a source for your final project in this class.
    • What about Wikipedia? Like the YouTube video mentions, it is not okay to use Wikipedia as a source for your college research (unless your instructor says it’s okay). You can, however, use it to get basic information that will help you find better sources. Keep in mind that you CANNOT use Wikipedia for one of your sources for this
    • Assignment Go to the course homepage and do Assignment #5. E-mail me the assignment (either as an attachment or with the answers in the body of the e-mail) and then go to Blackboard to take Quiz #5 under the Assessments link.