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Internet Research Internet research is an easy way to obtain information about your topic. However, not everything online is college-level quality Evaluating the quality of a website involves looking at: Credibility Objectivity Currency
Criteria for Internet Research Credibility Can you establish who wrote the article? Do they have the necessary credentials? Objectivity Is the author presenting an objective point of view or a biased opinion? Currency Is this information current? For some topics like technology, the environment, and medical advances, you should use only the most current information.
Determining Website Credibility We’ll look at six websites Try to determine if they meet the criteria for internet research or not. What principle of internet research might they violate? Note: these websites may contain copyrighted material and are used only for educational purposes
Verdict: Not Credible Why not? Wikipedia is a great source of general information for personal use. However, for college level research, you should use primary resources where you can check the validity and credibility of the information directly.
Verdict: Not Objective Why not? Blogs can be created by anyone who wants one. Just because someone writes something doesn’t mean they are qualified to do so or that they are presenting a balanced view. Most people use blogs to share their personal views. Most blogs are not research based or peer reviewed.
Verdict: Not current Why not? There is NO DATE on this website, so it’s impossible to tell how current the information is. When it comes to a scientific topic, it’s best to find the most current information possible, as the information is constantly evolving. It’s a good rule of thumb that if you can’t find an author or date, don’t use the website.
Verdict: Credible Journal Articles are usually upfront about who wrote them and the credentials of that person. Most journals note up front as well whether or not they are peer-reviewed and scholarly. If you can find all the information about the author and date, there’s a good chance it’s a credible source of information.
Verdict: Objective Empirical studies tend to be objective and contain vast amounts of information Anything contained on a Research Network as well will probably be peer-reviewed and deemed scholarly as well.
Verdict: Current The date is clearly stated on this document. As I created this PowerPoint activity during 2012, one can safely assume a 2012 document is a current source of information for Global Warming. Other information on this website would also indicate that this is a scholarly source of information.
Works Cited A list of sources used in a presentation Use a uniform style APA MLA Designed to enable someone else to locate the supporting material you used
Citing Sources of InformationCorrectly Works Cited Entry Internal References Verbal Citations (your book calls them “Oral citations”)
Which citation is which? Harter, L. A. (2008). Human Internal Communication (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill Publications. references “According to James Darnell, a researcher for the Institute of Works Cited Higher Learning…” Entry At the same time, their levels of absenteeism declined Verbal (Oral) (Oyserman, Beebe, & Terry, Citations 2006)
Help with MLA Use these helpful websites to find out more about citing sources. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/search.php http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/74 7/2/ http://www.easybib.com/ For Verbal Citations, read this: http://libguides.greenriver.edu/content.php?pid =53310&sid=2604145