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What I need to do
I want to use an industry/professional
website and other sources
I need to decide if they are credible
sources
Industry website Australian Dental Association
Evaluating the website – Example 1
 Who is the author?
 Who is this website meant for – purpose?
 Is there more than one audience targeted?
Public and professional? Hint – For members
Evaluation– Example 1
What is the purpose of this website?
Has the website current – regularly
maintained?
Another source
Information on
Lamb
Who is providing
the information?
Is this biased?
Use your evaluation tools
 What is the purpose of the website?
 Who is the intended audience?
 Is there possible bias?
 Who is the author?
Trade journals / magazines
 An industry may have their own trade
journal
 These are to inform members of the
current trends in the industry (or “trade”)
 Doesn’t have in-text referencing or
bibliography
 May have to be a member to access
Article about a early childhood education, from “Every Child”
trade journal. From the Early Childhood Association
Can I use a trade journal?
 Yes, the aim is to provide current news about an
industry
 Audience is professional or of an organization (or
“trade”)
Credible sources
 May include industry/professional body
websites
 Trade magazines are all right if they inform
 Watch out for bias
 If in doubt, leave it out.

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Credible information

  • 1. How can I tell if my information is credible? Library
  • 2. What I need to do I want to use an industry/professional website and other sources I need to decide if they are credible sources
  • 3. Industry website Australian Dental Association
  • 4. Evaluating the website – Example 1  Who is the author?  Who is this website meant for – purpose?  Is there more than one audience targeted? Public and professional? Hint – For members
  • 5. Evaluation– Example 1 What is the purpose of this website? Has the website current – regularly maintained?
  • 6. Another source Information on Lamb Who is providing the information? Is this biased?
  • 7. Use your evaluation tools  What is the purpose of the website?  Who is the intended audience?  Is there possible bias?  Who is the author?
  • 8. Trade journals / magazines  An industry may have their own trade journal  These are to inform members of the current trends in the industry (or “trade”)  Doesn’t have in-text referencing or bibliography  May have to be a member to access
  • 9. Article about a early childhood education, from “Every Child” trade journal. From the Early Childhood Association
  • 10. Can I use a trade journal?  Yes, the aim is to provide current news about an industry  Audience is professional or of an organization (or “trade”)
  • 11. Credible sources  May include industry/professional body websites  Trade magazines are all right if they inform  Watch out for bias  If in doubt, leave it out.