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 There is not date Does the information seem outdated?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.