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Locating reliable resources


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Locating reliable resources

  1. 1. LocatingReliableResourcesWeb Sites and Databases
  2. 2. Web sites Pros Cons A lot of information  Anyone can publish a available Web site  Reliability of Quick and easily information is not assessable guaranteed Provides great  No system that general information catalogs and organizes all resources to begin a project  Not always free
  3. 3. Use the C.A.R.S. checklist toevaluate a Web site: Credibility Accuracy Reasonableness Support
  4. 4. Credibility Goal: Questions: Is there a publishing orTo find a source that  sponsoring organization?is created by a  Is the organization an authority on the subject?person or  Is the author listed?organization who  Is the author an authority on the subject?knows the subject  Are there errors thatand who cares about indicate a lack of quality control?its quality
  5. 5. Accuracy Goal: Questions:To find a source with  Does the information on the site agree with otherinformation that is sources?current, complete,  Is the information complete and not tooand correct vague?  What is the date of publication or copyright?  How recently has the site been updated?
  6. 6. Reasonableness Goal: Questions:To find a source that  Does the author, host, publisher, or sponsoris truthful and have a bias?unbiased  What is the motivation or purpose for creating the site? (To sell a product? To advance a viewpoint or belief? To educate?)  Does the author use a slanted tone?
  7. 7. Support Goal: QuestionsTo find a source with  Are the sourcesverifiable sources of listed?information  Can they be checked?  Is there a way to contact the author or organization?
  8. 8. Finding the AuthorInformation such as the author, hostorganization, and publication date will oftenbe located at either the top or bottom ofthe page.Sometimes you may need to look on adifferent page. Try clicking on “About” or“Contact Us” for more information.
  9. 9. File ExtensionsThere are no universal rules for determining thecredibility of a specific domain. Some points toremember:  Anyone can buy a .com, .org, or .net domain  Faculty and students can have .edu pages; check to make sure the site is an official school site  The government or military approves .gov sites but that doesn’t mean the information is true  Blog sites give free voice to anyone
  10. 10. TipCreate your bibliographic citation at thesame time you evaluate the site. Many ofthe areas you will look at to evaluate arealso needed for the citation. And if youcan’t find the information for the citation,the site might not meet standards.
  11. 11. Databases Pros Cons Vetted resources  Toaccess Gale Wide range of articles Student Resource from professional and scholarly journals Center at home Various types of must have user material are collected name and in one location password to log on Source citations are provided (tecu60273)
  12. 12. ResearchDatabasesLocated on the SHHS LibraryWeb Page
  13. 13. LocatingReliableResourcesWeb Sites and Databases