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1 I AM THE GATEKEEPER Research using Databases and Google

2 What’s the Information for? What’s the purpose of the information? Personal Academic or Professional Google, Wikipedia, etc. Peers, colleagues, friends, parents Databases, Newspapers, Magazines, Scholarly Journals, Encyclopedias, Texts, Statistics Canada, etc. Professionals, Specialists, Teachers, Professors, etc. Carefully assessed websites based on specific credibility criteria (Google)

3 How does Google Work? But the problem is… 1.The higher the frequency the use of the page, the more prominent the placement – even if the information is incorrect. 2.You become the “gatekeeper” for the credibility of a website. 3.Money talks. But the problem is… 1.The higher the frequency the use of the page, the more prominent the placement – even if the information is incorrect. 2.You become the “gatekeeper” for the credibility of a website. 3.Money talks. And Wikipedia? Well… And Wikipedia? Well…

4 If you’ve got the money…

5 Googling also gets you…

6 Databases!  Databases provide peer-edited, collated information.  The professional is the gatekeeper.

7 Googling: You are the gatekeeper When using a broad search engine, you will need to assess the credibility of the sites. Let’s give it a shot… You have to evaluate the credibility of all sources: traditional and digital media

8 What’s the Criteria? When Evaluating Websites, you need to think about the following: Authority: Who is the author? Can you trust him/her? What are his/her credentials? Objectivity: What is the author’s purpose? Who is the intended audience? Is the author biased? Does the author use objective or subjective language (e.g. racial slurs or stereotypes) Does the work contain facts, opinions, or propaganda?

9 What’s the Criteria? When Evaluating Websites, you need to think about the following: Accuracy: Are the facts correct? Can you find them in other research? Are the opinions supported with data or references to other work? Completeness: Does the work answer your question completely? Is there enough information to make the source “valuable”?

10 What’s the Criteria? When Evaluating Websites, you need to think about the following: Currency: What is the publication date? Is it current? Does it matter if the information is current? Relevancy: Did you find the information you needed for your topic? Does it provide more detailed information that is not related to your topic?

11 How am I supposed to remember?  You can check out this slideshow on the Tutorials Page of our Website.  There are also a lot of other resources on there:  This slideshow  How to Format an Essay for MLA with headings (Word Document)  How to Format a report in APA (video)  How to Format a Word Document in MLA and APA (video)  APA and MLA Annotated Bibliography  MLA and APA Quick Guides (Word Documents)  Note-Taking Sheets (Word Document)

12 See?


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