Presentation on theme: "EVALUATING INFORMATION SOURCES Is this “good stuff” for my report?"— Presentation transcript:
EVALUATING INFORMATION SOURCES Is this “good stuff” for my report?
Things to Think About Authority Who wrote this? Are they experts? Are they reliable? Currency Is this information up-to-date?
Things to Think About Purpose/Bias Why was it written? To inform, entertain, persuade Relevancy Does it have information I need?
Another Thing to Consider Ease of Use Can I find information quickly? Can I understand the information?
Print vs. Internet Sources Print Authority Editors Librarians Currency Published once reprinted Internet Authority Anyone Currency Can be updated frequently
Checking Things Out Print Look at the TITLE PAGE and VERSO Author Publisher Internet Check the HOMEPAGE Author URL (Internet address) http://dsc.discovery.com/dinosaurs/ Updated?
Understanding URL’s http://dsc.discovery.com/dinosaurs/ hypertext transfer protocol www Domain name Domain suffix or extension . com.org.net.edu.. mil.gov.bz Personal pages Members, ~, geocities, aol, k-12 / Folders Wiki
Look at the URL Someone’s PERSONAL PAGE? a name after a ~ % Users ISP—aol, Verizon, Optimum Web hosting provider geocities, wetpaint, weebly or aol.com
Keep looking at the URL Type of DOMAIN Extensions .gov and. mil . edu . org .com .net
Look some more Country codes .us .ca .au .uk .de
Looking at some Internet Sources http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/dino/ind ex.jsp http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/dino/ind ex.jsp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur http://www.geocities.com/dinowight/ http://www.geocities.com/dinowight/ http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/dinosaur.h tml http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/dinosaur.h tml http://www.galaxy.net/~k12/dinos/refer.shtml http://www.galaxy.net/~k12/dinos/refer.shtml http://www.dinosaurs.bz/ http://www.dinosaurs.bz/
Look even closer For the author Expert or hobbyist? Credentials given? For the publisher or domain Finding it Between http://and 1 st / http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evalu ate.html
Continue Checking Things Out Print Ease of use Availability Purpose? Bias? Are different ideas discussed? Internet Ease of use Can I navigate easily? How fast is the connection? Do the links work? Purpose? Bias? Are there a lot of ads www.unmuseum.org/dinosaf.htm Are different ideas discussed?
www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/matisse http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pcez/ hd_pcez.htm http://www.asds.org/AH2002/julie/Cezanne.htm http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopu s /
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