English 1102 Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria Appropriately use information to fulfill the identified needEnglish 1102 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
What to do before you search… Brainstorm ideas for a topic Talk with friends Browse indexes, table of contents Define your topic Understand your assignment Helpful Hint Narrow vs. broad Brainstorm Identify main topic Define Identify related concepts/ideas/subtopics Identify List synonyms for each category Develop Develop your research strategy Connect concepts & synonyms
Identify search terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3Main idea Related idea Subtopic OR OR OR AND ANDSynonym Synonym Synonym OR OR ORSynonym Synonym Synonym • Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order • Connect different concepts with AND • Connect similar concepts with OR
Boolean Operators AND is automatically AND = narrow used by Google and other search engines to combine terms OR = expand Sometimes a program will use a + or – to substitute for NOT = exclude AND or NOT
Know where to look Books Articles Online Resources
Books comprehensive information often a historical perspective find book titles in the CSU Catalog
Online Resources today’s information broad, variety perspective may be unstable find resources from reliable online sources
Know Your Domains Extension Type .edu Educational institution .org Non-profit service organizations .gov Government agency .mil Military entities .biz Businesses .com Commercial organization .net Internet service providers
Evaluating Information Critically evaluate information using applicable criteria
Evaluate: Authority Determine the need for an expert or popular perspective Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials? What affiliations does the author have? Is contact information provided? Who published the work? Who sponsored the work?
Evaluate: Currency Determine the need for a contemporary or historical perspective for your topic When was the work published? Are there multiple editions? Examine the currency of the references
Evaluate: Content Determine the information need Who is the intended audience? What is the purpose? Scope? Examine objectivity, accuracy Is the information verifiable? Evaluate overall quality Evaluate overall usefulness, appropriateness