Evaluating and Using Sources Stephen Francoeur Newman Library Baruch College 4 November 2009 Research Survey to Determine ...
Learning Goals <ul><li>Students will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate sources based on multiple, relevant criteria <...
Books Search the Library Catalog
Articles <ul><li>Search a database, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Acade...
Search Basics BAD IDEA purpose of a college education BETTER IDEA purpose AND college education BEST IDEA (purpose OR goal...
Evaluating Sources <ul><li>Date of publication </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly vs. popular </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility of au...
Scholarly-Popular Continuum Scholarly Popular
<ul><li>Scholarly Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Audience = fellow scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Long articles </li></ul><ul><li>...
Credibility <ul><li>Google the author to learn if author: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches on this topic? </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Available at the Library
Sample Citations Schrecker, Ellen.  Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America . Boston: Little, Brown, 1998. Print. Schr...
Citing Websites Using MLA <ul><li>Purdue OWL </li></ul><ul><li>http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ </li></u...
How Was It? <ul><li>What are three things I learned about research today that I didn’t already know? </li></ul><ul><li>Wha...
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Presentation for a workshop for ENG 2100 (a freshman composition course) at Baruch College. The professor wanted me to focus less on finding sources and more on evaluating and using them.

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ENG 2100 Fall 2009 Heung

  1. 1. Evaluating and Using Sources Stephen Francoeur Newman Library Baruch College 4 November 2009 Research Survey to Determine the Mobility of Physicians in the Chicago Area Being Conducted at the University of Chicago with the Aid of Forty [40] National Youth Administration Employees . N.d. New York Public Library. NYPL Digital Gallery . Web. 4 November 2009. <http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?1260389>.
  2. 2. Learning Goals <ul><li>Students will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate sources based on multiple, relevant criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish between source types by analyzing source citations </li></ul><ul><li>Compose citations for online sources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Books Search the Library Catalog
  4. 4. Articles <ul><li>Search a database, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Search Complete </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Academic </li></ul><ul><li>Opposing Viewpoints </li></ul>
  5. 5. Search Basics BAD IDEA purpose of a college education BETTER IDEA purpose AND college education BEST IDEA (purpose OR goal) AND college education
  6. 6. Evaluating Sources <ul><li>Date of publication </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly vs. popular </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility of author </li></ul>
  7. 7. Scholarly-Popular Continuum Scholarly Popular
  8. 8. <ul><li>Scholarly Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Audience = fellow scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Long articles </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Jargon </li></ul><ul><li>Peer reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines and Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Audience = everyday readers </li></ul><ul><li>Short articles </li></ul><ul><li>No bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday language </li></ul><ul><li>Not peer reviewed </li></ul>
  9. 9. Credibility <ul><li>Google the author to learn if author: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches on this topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written more than once on the topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has degrees related to the topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works in a field related to the topic? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Available at the Library
  11. 11. Sample Citations Schrecker, Ellen. Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America . Boston: Little, Brown, 1998. Print. Schrecker, Ellen. “McCarthyism: Political Repression and the Fear of Communism.” Social Review 71:4 (2004), 1041-1086. Print. Thatcher, Margaret. “My Cozy Cottage.” Ladies Home Journal (September 19, 2001), 45-46. Print.
  12. 12. Citing Websites Using MLA <ul><li>Purdue OWL </li></ul><ul><li>http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ </li></ul><ul><li>“Do Professors Matter?” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/10/30/katopes </li></ul>
  13. 13. How Was It? <ul><li>What are three things I learned about research today that I didn’t already know? </li></ul><ul><li>What is one thing about research that we should have covered or that I’m still unclear about? </li></ul>
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