Chapter 2: Evaluating sources<br />GEN 130, Fall 2011<br />
Why evaluate?<br />Tons of information available<br />Not all answers your specific question<br />Not all information is h...
Websites
Articles
Multimedia</li></li></ul><li>Evaluating websites<br />Where to start?<br />Focus on 5 areas:<br />Purpose<br />Authority<b...
Purpose<br />Why was the information written?<br />What type of appeal used?<br />Is the information free from bias?<br />...
Authority<br />An author is provided - either individual(s) or an organization. <br />Information about the author is prov...
Career
Other works
Contact info</li></li></ul><li>Currency<br />Date the information was created. <br />Copyright dates for published informa...
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GEN 130: Evaluation of Sources using PACAC

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A look at evaluating online sources using the PACAC method detailed in The College Student's Research Companion, 5th ed.

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  • GEN 130: Evaluation of Sources using PACAC

    1. 1. Chapter 2: Evaluating sources<br />GEN 130, Fall 2011<br />
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    3. 3. Why evaluate?<br />Tons of information available<br />Not all answers your specific question<br />Not all information is high quality<br />May be inaccurate or incomplete<br />This is true about all kinds of sources<br /><ul><li>Books
    4. 4. Websites
    5. 5. Articles
    6. 6. Multimedia</li></li></ul><li>Evaluating websites<br />Where to start?<br />Focus on 5 areas:<br />Purpose<br />Authority<br />Currency<br />Accuracy<br />Content<br />
    7. 7. Purpose<br />Why was the information written?<br />What type of appeal used?<br />Is the information free from bias?<br />What is the intended audience for the info? <br />
    8. 8. Authority<br />An author is provided - either individual(s) or an organization. <br />Information about the author is provided. <br />The author's affiliation is provided. <br /><ul><li>Education
    9. 9. Career
    10. 10. Other works
    11. 11. Contact info</li></li></ul><li>Currency<br />Date the information was created. <br />Copyright dates for published information. <br />Date the website was last updated, particularly if important to topic. <br />Links from the website are working. <br />
    12. 12. Accuracy<br />No factual inaccuracies, spelling mistakes, or grammatical errors.<br />Information is well organized.<br />Bibliography of references. <br />Links to related websites.<br />
    13. 13. Content<br />Does is answer any questions you have about the topic?<br />Does it cover the topic fully? <br />
    14. 14. Can I apply this elsewhere?<br />These criteria also useful in evaluating: <br />Magazine/journal/newspaper articles<br />DVD and online video<br />Books (electronic and print)<br />Evaluation following this pattern can help you write better annotations.<br />
    15. 15. In everyday life, people will ask you to:<br />buy their products<br />agree with their opinions<br />rely on their data<br />vote for their candidate<br />consider their perspective<br />accept them as experts <br />Up to you to decide their purpose, authority, currency, accuracy and the value of the content.<br />How else can I use this?<br />

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