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  • You have an assignment coming up that requires you to do research and using quality resources is key to completing this successfullyIt is recommended that you evaluate the sources that you want to use to assure that you are choosing the best onesMy name is Melanie Parlette-Stewart and I work in the library and have education and training in Research and Libraries and it’s my job to help you make the most of the Library’s resourcesBy learning how to evaluate resources you will be better able to source appropriate resources in your assignmentWe’re going to go over how to evaluate resources. I’m going to provide you with some tools on this and we’re going to practice as a groupToday we will cover why you need to evaluate resources, how we can do this and where you can get help
  • We are surrounded by information every dayOften it’s just a quick google search awayThis can be overwhelming when we are trying to choose the best resources to include in our assignments and essaysWeb content is not monitored or checked for accuracy in all casesPeople publish content online with many different goalsIt’s really important that you develop your critical thinking skills
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  • * It might not be possible to apply every question, to every source, every time. It might depend on the type of source you are looking at.
  • * It might not be possible to apply every question, to every source, every time. It might depend on the type of source you are looking at.

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  • Evaluating Sources for Research First Year Undergraduate Class Melanie Parlette-Stewart, Librarian Twitter: @melanie_sarah_ melanie.parlettestewart@gmail.com
  • Why am I here? My name is Melanie Parlette-Stewart and I’m from the Library. I’m here to help. Your assignment requires you to do research. Evaluating your sources is key to completing your assignment successfully. I’m going to show you:  How to evaluate resources  Tools to help with this  Where you can get more help
  • Doing Research
  • Evaluating Sources – Made Easy a tutorial
  • Which site would you use? You are writing a research paper about the influence of Facebook on Academic Performance. Which of the following sources would be a better choice?A. Do Facebook & MySpace Affect Children’s Gradeshttp://www.ehow.com/info_8705144_do-myspace-affect-childrens-grades.htmlB. Too much face and not enough books: The relationship betweenmultiple indices of Facebook use and academic performancehttp://reyjunco.com/wordpress/pdf/JuncoCHBFacebookGrades.pdfC. Both choices are equally good.D. Neither choice appears reliable.Activity – Which source would you use?
  • B. Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multipleindices of Facebook use and academic performancehttp://reyjunco.com/wordpress/pdf/JuncoCHBFacebookGrades.pdf
  • B. Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multipleindices of Facebook use and academic performancehttp://reyjunco.com/wordpress/pdf/JuncoCHBFacebookGrades.pdf
  • Which site would you use? You are writing a research paper about affect of wind turbines on health. Which of the following sources would be the better choice? A. My next door neighbour is a wind turbine http://mywinddiary.blogspot.ca/ B. Wind Victims Ontario http://windvictimsontario.com/victim-statements.html C. Both choices are equally good. D. Neither choice appears reliable.Activity – Which source would you use?
  • A. My next door neighbour is a wind turbinehttp://mywinddiary.blogspot.ca/
  • B. Wind Victims Ontariohttp://windvictimsontario.com/victim-statements.html
  • Today we:- Discovered and used the 5 criteria to evaluate information and its sources critically- Practiced applying the criteria in different situationsFor more help . . . .The library is a great place to start when you are looking foracademic sources. You can find books, journal articles andmore. Come see us in person or visit our website. Summary
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