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Locating Reliable 
Resources 
Web Sites and Databases
Web sites 
Pros 
 A lot of information 
available 
 Quick and easily 
assessable 
 Provides great general 
information ...
Use the C.A.R.S. checklist to 
evaluate a Web site: 
 Credibility 
 Accuracy 
 Reasonableness 
 Support
Credibility 
Goal: 
To find a source that is 
created by a person or 
organization who 
knows the subject and 
who cares a...
Accuracy 
Goal: 
To find a source with 
information that is 
current, complete, and 
correct 
Questions: 
 Does the infor...
Reasonableness 
Goal: 
To find a source that is 
truthful and unbiased 
Questions: 
 Does the author, host, 
publisher, o...
Support 
Goal: 
To find a source with 
verifiable sources of 
information 
Questions 
 Are the sources 
listed? 
 Can th...
Finding the Author 
Information such as the author, host 
organization, and publication date will often be 
located at eit...
File Extensions 
There are no universal rules for determining the 
credibility of a specific domain. Some points to 
remem...
Tip 
Create your bibliographic citation at the same 
time you evaluate the site. Many of the areas 
you will look at to ev...
Databases 
Pros 
 Vetted resources 
 Wide range of articles 
from professional and 
scholarly journals 
 Various types ...
Research 
Databases 
Located on the SHHS Library Web 
Page
Locating Reliable 
Resources 
Web Sites and Databases
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Locating Reliable Resources

  1. 1. Locating Reliable Resources Web Sites and Databases
  2. 2. Web sites Pros  A lot of information available  Quick and easily assessable  Provides great general information to begin a project Cons  Anyone can publish a Web site  Reliability of information is not guaranteed  No system that catalogs and organizes all resources  Not always free
  3. 3. Use the C.A.R.S. checklist to evaluate a Web site:  Credibility  Accuracy  Reasonableness  Support
  4. 4. Credibility Goal: To find a source that is created by a person or organization who knows the subject and who cares about its quality Questions:  Is there a publishing or sponsoring organization?  Is the organization an authority on the subject?  Is the author listed?  Is the author an authority on the subject?  Are there errors that indicate a lack of quality control?
  5. 5. Accuracy Goal: To find a source with information that is current, complete, and correct Questions:  Does the information on the site agree with other sources?  Is the information complete and not too vague?  What is the date of publication or copyright?  How recently has the site been updated?
  6. 6. Reasonableness Goal: To find a source that is truthful and unbiased Questions:  Does the author, host, publisher, or sponsor have a bias?  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: To find a source with verifiable sources of information Questions  Are the sources listed?  Can they be checked?  Is there a way to contact the author or organization?
  8. 8. Finding the Author Information such as the author, host organization, and publication date will often be located at either the top or bottom of the page. Sometimes you may need to look on a different page. Try clicking on “About” or “Contact Us” for more information.
  9. 9. File Extensions There are no universal rules for determining the credibility of a specific domain. Some points to remember:  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. Tip Create your bibliographic citation at the same time you evaluate the site. Many of the areas you will look at to evaluate are also needed for the citation. And if you can’t find the information for the citation, the site might not meet standards.
  11. 11. Databases Pros  Vetted resources  Wide range of articles from professional and scholarly journals  Various types of material are collected in one location  Source citations are provided Cons  To access Gale Student Resource Center at home must have user name and password to log on (tecu60273)
  12. 12. Research Databases Located on the SHHS Library Web Page
  13. 13. Locating Reliable Resources Web Sites and Databases

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