Evaluating Sources


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This is a pretty dry PPT about evaluating sources but informational. It also has a group activity at the end of presentation.

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Evaluating Sources

  1. 1. Evaluating Sources<br />
  2. 2. Why evaluate sources?<br />Critical thinking skill that is useful in both your academic and everyday life.<br />All sources are not equal.<br /><ul><li>Wikiality http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/72347/july-31-2006/the-word---wikiality Wikilobbying http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/81454/january-29-2007/the-word---wikilobbying "More evidence of what happens when you bring democracy to information"</li></li></ul><li>How do I evaluate source?<br />Identify and evaluate the publication information.<br />Author<br />Publisher<br />Sponsor<br />Date<br />Genre<br />Audience<br />Evaluate the content.<br />
  3. 3. Publication Information<br />Author:<br />Is the author knowledgeable about the topic?<br />What is the author’s affiliation?<br />How do the author’s biases affect the information, ideas, and arguments in the source?<br />Publisher:<br />Is the publisher reputable?<br />How do the publisher’s biases affect the information, ideas, and arguments?<br />
  4. 4. Publication Information<br />Sponsor:<br />Who supported the publication?<br />Date:<br />When was the source published?<br />Is it appropriate for the topic?<br />Genre:<br />What is the document type (e.g., research report, newspaper, magazine article, journal article, blog, website)<br />Is the document type appropriate?<br />
  5. 5. Examples<br />Toward an integrative software infrastructure for water management in the Smarter Planet<br />http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5512828<br />
  6. 6. Examples<br />http://www.heritage.org/Research/Commentary/2010/07/Hayward-First-Who-Next<br />http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/02/haywards-life-melancon/<br />
  7. 7. Relevance<br />Determine if the information addresses your needs and will help you accomplish your purpose.<br />
  8. 8. Evidence<br />Is enough evidence for a position offered?<br />Is the right kind of evidence being offered?<br />Is the evidence presented appropriately and fairly?<br />Is there enough evidence?<br />Is the source of the evidence provided?<br />
  9. 9. Comprehensiveness<br />Is there a complete and balanced view?<br />Is it broad/narrow enough for your topic?<br />
  10. 10. Additional criteria for online sources<br />Web sites and blogs<br />Check the domain (purpose and publisher)<br />Check the title bar, page header and page titles (purpose, publisher, and relevance)<br />Search for the author and publisher<br />Check the timeliness<br />Read the body and review illustrations (relevance, evidence and comprehensiveness)<br />Check page footers (publisher, author)<br />
  11. 11. Is organic farming better for the environment?<br />Google Is organic farming better for the environment?<br /> Google Does organic framing hurt the environment?<br />
  12. 12. Evaluating Sources: Analyzing Content<br />Enter Group Name Here<br />
  13. 13. Group members:_____________________________<br />Controversial Issue:_________________________________<br />Source #1<br />URL:__________________________________<br />Summarize the main position of this source:<br />
  14. 14. Type of resource (e.g., company or organization website, newspaper, journal, book)?__________________________________<br />Author:__________________________________<br />Publisher:________________________________<br />Date Published:_______________________________<br />Sponsor of the information:______________________________<br />
  15. 15. Does source present facts or opinions?_________ How do you know?________________________<br />Are there citations or references to other sources?_________________________________<br />Is there bias or is the source balanced?________ How do you know?________________________<br />What is the intent of resource (to inform, to pursued, something else)?_______ How do you know?___________________________________<br />