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    Evaluation print outs 11.19.13 Evaluation print outs 11.19.13 Presentation Transcript

    • How to determine if the information you find is usable in your paper? There are five criteria to look for in a source: •Currency •Reliability/Objectivity •Accuracy/Coverage •Authority •Purpose
    • CURRENCY • When was it published or produced? • Is it a first edition? (Many editions of a book indicate it has become standard and is reliable.) • When was the web site last updated? (If there is no information about the date of publication or update don’t assume it is current) • How many dead links are on the web page? • Is the information out-dated? (It may have been current at one time, but is it now?)
    • REALIABILITY/OBJECTIVITY • How detailed is the information? Is it too elementary, too technical, too advanced, or just right for your needs? • Are there any spelling or grammar mistakes, or typos? • Is there a bibliography at the end? • Is the web site free of advertising? • Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda? • Is there a published review of the book? • Is the information well-researched? • Is the author objective and un-biased?
    • ACCURACY/COVERAGE •Are there facts or statistics? Where are they coming from? •Is information omitted or too much included? •Does the source update other sources or add new information? •Is it free, or is there a fee to access the information? •Do you need special software to view the information?
    • Beware of Internet Resources! ABC News Jennifer Cox
    • AUTHORITY •What are the author’s credentials? •Are any credentials even given? •Is the book, article, web site, etc. written in their area of expertise? •Is it published by a university press? (If so, it is probably scholarly.) •Check the domain of a web site. •Know the difference between an author and a webmaster.
    • Web Site Domains Reliable web site domains include: .edu (educational site) .gov (government site) .org (non-profit organization site) Be careful to evaluate .orgs very closely! Unreliable web site domains include: .com (commercial site – may contain biased or nonauthoritative information) .net (network site)
    • PURPOSE •What is the purpose of the document? Why was it produced? • educational • commercial(i.e. selling) • entertainment • promotional •(A book’s forward or introduction or a website’s “about us” page often provides this info.)
    • If you have any questions or need help locating resources,etc. Please feel free to contact me. Jennifer Cox Librarian jacox@aii.edu or 503-382-4829