Determining the Authority of Sources<br />With the large amount of information available today, determining if a source is...
Determining Authority and Validity of Web Pages<br />How do you know that the information you found online is valid?<br />
Evaluating Magazines<br />
There are different kinds of magazines.<br />Popular magazines :<br />·Newsweek <br />·Business week<br />·Popular Mechani...
Popular Magazines<br />
Scholarly Journals<br />
Which Source is Best?	<br />What kind of information do you need?<br />Background material<br />Information for your paper...
What is Your Topic?<br />local or regional?<br />popular in the current news ?<br />something that has been discussed for ...
Additional Considerations<br />If your topic is new within the last few months, you may not be able to find scholarly arti...
How do you determine if an article is biased?<br />
There are several factors that may indicate a bias.<br />
Ask yourself the following questions to determine bias.<br />
•With what political, social or  religious group does the author identify ?•<br />
Does the writer have anything personally to gain from the message?<br />
Is the writer selling or otherwise promoting something?<br />
What sources does the author use? Are they credible?  What about their statistics? Are they credible?<br />
•Does the author mention more than one point of view of the issue? •Does he or she respectfully acknowledge opposing opini...
Although nearly everything has a little bias, avoiding anything that is heavily slanted as noted in the previous questions...
Use common senseAuthorDateAuthor’s backgroundSourcesBias<br />
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  1. 1. Determining the Authority of Sources<br />With the large amount of information available today, determining if a source is valid is difficult.<br />Just because it is published on the web or in a magazine does not mean the information is valid.<br />Not all information sources are equal.<br />
  2. 2. Determining Authority and Validity of Web Pages<br />How do you know that the information you found online is valid?<br />
  3. 3. Evaluating Magazines<br />
  4. 4. There are different kinds of magazines.<br />Popular magazines :<br />·Newsweek <br />·Business week<br />·Popular Mechanics<br />Scholarly journals such as<br />Oxford English Journal <br />Information Management Journal<br />ABA Journal<br />Scholarly journals are more authoritative and because the material is written for a specific professional audience. They often provide the best sources.<br />Magazines and Journals<br />
  5. 5. Popular Magazines<br />
  6. 6. Scholarly Journals<br />
  7. 7. Which Source is Best? <br />What kind of information do you need?<br />Background material<br />Information for your paper<br />News<br />Definition of a term<br />Opinions on a topic<br />Scholarly articles<br />
  8. 8. What is Your Topic?<br />local or regional?<br />popular in the current news ?<br />something that has been discussed for a while? <br />How much information is available on your topic?<br />scientific or medical?<br />Are there legal aspects of your topic?<br />
  9. 9. Additional Considerations<br />If your topic is new within the last few months, you may not be able to find scholarly articles on it.<br />If it is very popular, the amount of information may be overwhelming.<br />Where can you find the best information available<br />on your topic?<br />
  10. 10. How do you determine if an article is biased?<br />
  11. 11. There are several factors that may indicate a bias.<br />
  12. 12. Ask yourself the following questions to determine bias.<br />
  13. 13. •With what political, social or religious group does the author identify ?•<br />
  14. 14. Does the writer have anything personally to gain from the message?<br />
  15. 15. Is the writer selling or otherwise promoting something?<br />
  16. 16. What sources does the author use? Are they credible? What about their statistics? Are they credible?<br />
  17. 17. •Does the author mention more than one point of view of the issue? •Does he or she respectfully acknowledge opposing opinions?<br />
  18. 18. Although nearly everything has a little bias, avoiding anything that is heavily slanted as noted in the previous questions is important.<br />
  19. 19. Use common senseAuthorDateAuthor’s backgroundSourcesBias<br />

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