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Reliability

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Reliability

  1. 1. Locating Reliable Sources<br />Websites & Databases<br />
  2. 2. Internet<br />A lot of information<br />Quick, easily-accessible<br />What are the problems with finding reliable sources on the Internet?<br />
  3. 3. Websites<br />Check URL’s<br />Top-Level Domain: .com, .org, .net, .mil, .gov. .edu<br />Anyone can buy a .com, .org, .net<br />.edu – faculty and students can have .edu pages; check to make sure site is official school site<br />.gov doesn’t mean the information is true, but that the government or military approves of the site<br />Wordpress.org and blogspot.com give free voice to anyone<br />
  4. 4. Rank These<br />http://random.blogspot.com<br />http://www.random.gov<br />http://www.columbia.edu/~jrandom<br />http://www.random.com<br />
  5. 5. Order of Reliability<br />http://www.random.gov<br />http://www.random.com<br />http://www.columbia.edu/~jrandom<br />http://random.blogspot.com<br />
  6. 6. Finding the Author<br />Who wrote it? One person, group<br />Don’t trust information until you know who wrote it<br />Check “About” section<br />Check FAQs <br />Are there clues to help decide reliability?<br />www.bvswlmc.com<br />
  7. 7. Author’s Authority<br />Do they have any expertise? <br />What is their experience? Education level?<br />About author section?<br />Google them…<br />
  8. 8. Sponsorship<br />Many websites have a slant, or agenda<br />Check the bottom of the page for a sponsor’s logo<br />Check FAQs<br />Check affiliations of authors/editors<br />http://factchecked.org/about/<br />
  9. 9. Databases<br />Reliable materials are collected in one place for research<br />Slant, or agenda is not taken into consideration<br />A basic database…<br />
  10. 10. Scholarly Articles<br />Academic Journal<br />Peer-reviewed<br />Many times there is an abstract<br />Let’s look…Expanded Academic, ProQuest<br />

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