Is Your Information From a Reliable Source? Here are a few tips to find out!
Ask Questions About the Site <ul><li>Does the article have an author? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author have a Ph D. or Dr...
Does the article have an author? <ul><li>By asking this question you can determine whether the author is real person, or j...
Does the author have a PhD or Dr.? <ul><li>If the author of an article has PhD or Dr. in the name (Joe Foster, PhD; Dr. Jo...
Is there a publication date? <ul><li>By looking at the date the article was published you can determine whether the inform...
Ask Questions About the Content <ul><li>Is the writing easy to understand? </li></ul><ul><li>Was it written using proper g...
Is the writing easy to understand? <ul><li>Professional writers and teachers will try to make the information they are dis...
Was it written using proper grammar and punctuation? <ul><li>If a person who cannot write in complete sentences or use cor...
Does the information include details? <ul><li>The more details provided, the easier it will be to fully understand and lea...
Does the article include pictures proving the information it’s providing? <ul><li>Pictures will help the readers better un...
Use More Than One Site <ul><li>If you find a reliable site for your information, you should still look for another one, or...
Examples of Accurate Information <ul><li>https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/6-12th-grade/operation-history/revolutionary-war.ht...
Example of Incorrect Information <ul><li>http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100317121825AAU55ZV </li></ul><ul><...
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Analyzing Sources

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Analyzing sources is a very important thing to know how to do in any kind of research project, whether it's for an English class, Science, Math, History, or even just for fun. If you know how to tell the difference between a reliable source and complete junk, your education will be much better. There are millions of people every day that post things on the internet that anyone can access, but how can you tell if the information is true? This slideshow talks about how to tell a great source from someone who doesn't really know what they're talking about.

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Analyzing Sources

  1. 1. Is Your Information From a Reliable Source? Here are a few tips to find out!
  2. 2. Ask Questions About the Site <ul><li>Does the article have an author? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the author have a Ph D. or Dr.? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a publication date? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the site made for just that one article, or does it have lots of information on other subjects? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Does the article have an author? <ul><li>By asking this question you can determine whether the author is real person, or just a made up name from someone else. Also, if there is an author listed, the information on the site is more likely to be accurate because writers take pride in their work. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Does the author have a PhD or Dr.? <ul><li>If the author of an article has PhD or Dr. in the name (Joe Foster, PhD; Dr. Joe Foster) the information is more likely to be accurate. PhD or Dr. indicates that the said person has a degree or a diploma and has spent many years in college studying. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is there a publication date? <ul><li>By looking at the date the article was published you can determine whether the information was recently discovered or something that was known many years ago. Most things in this world change frequently, and the most recent article will most likely be more accurate. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ask Questions About the Content <ul><li>Is the writing easy to understand? </li></ul><ul><li>Was it written using proper grammar and punctuation? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the information include details? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it include pictures that prove the information it’s providing? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Is the writing easy to understand? <ul><li>Professional writers and teachers will try to make the information they are displaying as easily understood as possible. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Was it written using proper grammar and punctuation? <ul><li>If a person who cannot write in complete sentences or use correct spelling of words is posting and informational article on the internet, how can you be sure the information they are providing is accurate? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Does the information include details? <ul><li>The more details provided, the easier it will be to fully understand and learn the content of the article you are reading. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Does the article include pictures proving the information it’s providing? <ul><li>Pictures will help the readers better understand the content of the article and if there are pictures included with the text, that also supports the text, the information is most likely accurate. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Use More Than One Site <ul><li>If you find a reliable site for your information, you should still look for another one, or even two more. If you have multiple sites that look like reliable sources and all the information on the different sites matches, then the information is probably accurate. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Examples of Accurate Information <ul><li>https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/6-12th-grade/operation-history/revolutionary-war.html </li></ul><ul><li>This would be an accurate source of information. Any site containing .gov or .edu will most likely contain correct info. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/American_Revolution.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>The information on this site is most likely to be accurate as it came out on an online encyclopedia, has an author with copyrighted info, and has a date. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Example of Incorrect Information <ul><li>http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100317121825AAU55ZV </li></ul><ul><li>Information from this site should not be trusted. It is a collaboration of others’ answers and has no solid author or date. The person who posted the question picks the best answer and that may not be accurate. </li></ul>

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