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How Do You Know It's the Real Thing?


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How Do You Know It's the Real Thing?

  1. 1. How Do You Know It’s the Real Thing? Evaluating Websites
  2. 2. Know Your Personal Biases Do I usually base my opinions on. . . Do I tend to look at things as either “right/wrong” or “good/bad” ?
  3. 3. When I receive information, I usually. . . •assume the author has the qualifications. •verify the author’s claims/facts in another source. •accept that the information is probably true.
  4. 4. What Is a Reliable Website?
  5. 5. An authoritative, accurate source whose facts and claims can be verified by outside sources.
  6. 6. Reliability depends on the credibility of the author and the reputation of the source.
  7. 7. Can They Be Trusted? Evaluating the credibility of authors
  8. 8. Why do I have free access to this site? Why do the creators want me to see this site?
  9. 9. Who sponsors the Website? Is the site attempting to sell. . . . a product? promote an idea? advocate a political agenda?
  10. 10. Who’s Behind the Website? Who pays for the site? Who maintains the site? Who is the content provider?
  11. 11. Check to see if site provides an identifying link: “About Us” “Who We Are” “Mission Statement” Example:
  12. 12. Reliability of the Author Check credentials of author Listed in library databases? Academic Search Elite Discussed on the Internet? Google the author’s name
  13. 13. Reliability depends on the reputation of the source.
  14. 14. Reliable sources provide: – editorial oversight – a system for fact-checking
  15. 15. Wikipedia
  16. 16. Unsupported statements In 2005, according to, Americans spent $12 billion on cosmetic surgery.
  17. 17. Supported Statements Sarwer, D. “Physical Appearance & Cosmetic Medical Treatments: Socio-Cultural Influences.”Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 2 (2006): 29-39. (33)
  18. 18. Supported Statements “In 2005, Americans spent approximately $8 billion on surgeons’ fees for cosmetic medical treatments (ASAPS, 2006).”
  19. 19. Supported Statements References American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank—2005 Statistics. New York, NY: ASAPS, 2006.
  20. 20. Summary • is qualified to address the issue. • supports claims with evidence. • confirms the accuracy of a statistic or fact. Trusting a website is based on whether the author: