Presentation on theme: "How to Find Reliable Sources Online. Before you click… Any site ending in.edu normally belongs to an educational institution. While these sources might."— Presentation transcript:
Before you click… Any site ending in.edu normally belongs to an educational institution. While these sources might be helpful, beware of political bias. Don’t take everything they say for fact, but rather, perspective.
Before you click… Any site ending.gov is normally a reliable web site belonging to the government. Government sites are good places to find statistics and objective reports, meaning no political bias.
Before you click… Any site ending in.org usually belong to non-profit organizations. These can be great sources or they can be crappy sources. Again, beware of political bias here.
Online Journals and Mags A reputable journal or magazine should contain a bibliography for every article. The list of sources within that bibliography should be pretty extensive, and it should include scholarly, non-Internet sources. Check for statistics and data within the article to back up the claims made by the author.
News Sources Every television and print news source has a web site. To some extent, you can rely on the most trusted news sources, but you should not rely on them exclusively. After all, network and cable news stations are involved in entertainment.
Where do I Start? If you have no idea where to begin, try www.google.com www.google.com Type in your topic Be sure to check out the “News” tabs and the “Scholar” tab If you use “ “ you will be able to get a better search
Another way to start… Go to www.wikipedia.comwww.wikipedia.com Type in your topic, but make it much more broad here Read up to familiarize yourself with your topic Scroll down to “references” at the bottom of the page. Click through these to begin your search You CAN NOT use this as a source…just to help you do research
Things to keep in mind… Make sure your sources have authors –What are their educational credits ? –Are they published in a scholarly journal ? –Are they employed by a research institution or university?
Things to keep in mind… If the author seems credible, check out their words cited page. You might find something there that they did not use that might be helpful to you.
How to analyze a website 101 Signs of a good source: Facts and figures are used to support arguments Author is given Cites source of facts and figures
Do not print from an internet source Be sure to copy the website….. Then open Microsoft word Then paste onto a word document Be sure to copy the author and the web address onto your page Double check how many pages you have before you print
You could also email a source to yourself 1. Copy the page 2. Open up your email 3. Set up the email to send it to yourself 4. Paste the web page into the email 5. Send the email to yourself 6. Be sure to have the web address and the author of the source
News sources to check out while you surf the web: www.NPR.org www.huffingtonpost.com www.newyorktimes.com www.latimes.com www.csmonitor.com www.BBC.com www.cnn.com www.whitehouse.gov
How you get caught Plagiarizing This is an example of a portion of a paper from last year: For runaways the facts tell an impersonal tale. It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million U.S youth run away or are sent away from home yearly. 68% are between the ages of 15-17. 35% of them had runaway before and haven’t returned. For example, a seventeen year old girl ran away with her older boyfriend. Her parents wouldn’t allow them to be together. She has been away from home every since.
BUSTED All I have to do is cut and paste a suspected sentence into Google and it will take me right to where the information was found. Watch-For runaways the facts tell an impersonal tale. It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million U.S youth run away or are sent away from home yearly. The words “impersonal tale” don’t strike me as something this student would say so I am going to enter that sentence into Google.