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Is It Legit?Evaluating WebsitesBrenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
Everything is True on the ‘Net…Right?Take a look at this website and see if you thinkthis would be a good source for a res...
“Looks great! Let’s cite it…”Hold on just a minute. Take another look…Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-...
What to Look ForWhen checking a website for authenticity,keep this in mind:• Accuracy - Does your page list the authorand ...
What to Look For• Objectivity – Does your page provide accurateinformation with limited advertising and is itobjective in ...
What to Look For• Coverage - Can you view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, orsoftware re...
What is Peer Review?Peer review is a process of self-regulation by aprofession or a process of evaluation involvingqualifi...
What is Peer Review?Peer review methods are employed to maintainstandards, improve performance and providecredibility. In ...
What is Peer Review?When doing a search for peer reviewed articles in adatabase, it will sometimes ask for a scholarlyrevi...
Biased or Balanced?Information sources always have a bias. Justremember to ask yourself whether or not thebias is too extr...
Biased or Balanced?• Is the website attacking a person or an idea?• Does it contain emotional or inflammatorylanguage? Is ...
That Octopus Looks FishyTake a look at this page again. What should you be asking?• Who is the author? What are his or her...
Your TurnWhich of these websites seem like good sources?Would you cite any of these in a paper?• The Online Journal for Is...
Any Questions?Reference Assistance:(704) 216-3680 (North)(704) 216-3683 (South)(704) 216-7140 (NCRC)(704) 216-3539 (CBTC)(...
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Is It Legit?

  1. 1. Is It Legit?Evaluating WebsitesBrenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  2. 2. Everything is True on the ‘Net…Right?Take a look at this website and see if you thinkthis would be a good source for a researchpaper.Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  3. 3. “Looks great! Let’s cite it…”Hold on just a minute. Take another look…Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  4. 4. What to Look ForWhen checking a website for authenticity,keep this in mind:• Accuracy - Does your page list the authorand institution that published the page andprovides a way of contacting him or her?• Authority – Does your page list the authorcredentials and is its domain preferred(.edu, .gov, .org, or .net)?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  5. 5. What to Look For• Objectivity – Does your page provide accurateinformation with limited advertising and is itobjective in presenting the information?• Currency - Is your page current and updatedregularly (as stated on the page) and are the links(if any) also up-to-date?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  6. 6. What to Look For• Coverage - Can you view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, orsoftware requirement?• Consistency - Does the information provided byyour page generally coincide with otherauthoritative sources?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  7. 7. What is Peer Review?Peer review is a process of self-regulation by aprofession or a process of evaluation involvingqualified individuals within the relevant field.Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  8. 8. What is Peer Review?Peer review methods are employed to maintainstandards, improve performance and providecredibility. In academia, peer review is oftenused to determine an academic paperssuitability for publication.Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  9. 9. What is Peer Review?When doing a search for peer reviewed articles in adatabase, it will sometimes ask for a scholarlyreviewed or jury reviewed search. All three of theseterms can be used interchangeably.Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  10. 10. Biased or Balanced?Information sources always have a bias. Justremember to ask yourself whether or not thebias is too extreme or untrustworthy. Somethings to think about…>Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  11. 11. Biased or Balanced?• Is the website attacking a person or an idea?• Does it contain emotional or inflammatorylanguage? Is it trying to get an emotionalresponse from the reader?• What kind of evidence is given? Can this evidencebe verified?• Does the website contain blatantly misleadinginformation?• What is being left out? Is the author disregardingimportant facts in order to support his or herpoint of view?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  12. 12. That Octopus Looks FishyTake a look at this page again. What should you be asking?• Who is the author? What are his or her credentials? Can youverify them?• Where is he or she getting this information?• Is it objective? Current?• How does this information compare to other sources?• Is there a list of references you can check?• Is this a peer-reviewed online journal or website?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  13. 13. Your TurnWhich of these websites seem like good sources?Would you cite any of these in a paper?• The Online Journal for Issues in Nursing (OJIN)• The Onion• Equality Now – Fact Sheet on Global Sex Trafficing• Miskatonic UniversityBrenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
  14. 14. Any Questions?Reference Assistance:(704) 216-3680 (North)(704) 216-3683 (South)(704) 216-7140 (NCRC)(704) 216-3539 (CBTC)(704) 216-3714 (COS)Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu

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