Presentation on theme: "Finding Credible Sources"— Presentation transcript:
1 Finding Credible Sources OrWho can you trust when doing your research?
2 Start with a simple search. Search engines, such as Google or Yahoo! are great places to startBut remember, they ARE NOT sources themselvesAvoid Wikipedia. It is not acceptable as a sourcePrint and digital encyclopedias, such as Encyclopedia Britannica and InfoPlease.com are excellent sourcesWikipedia that allow multiple users to edit, some one can place misleading information on it.
3 Use online scholarly databases InfoTrac, LexisNexis and EBSCONewspapers and magazines Are rich sources of information about what is happening nowDon’t forget the library. overlooked because students think it’s more convenient to look subjects up onlineMight miss out on accidentally stumbling upon a book or magazine that might just be the perfect source for your research paper.
4 How Do I Know If My Source Is Credible? Does it Have:Expert Author:an authority on the subject matterwill typically list the author’s academic degree and affiliate institutionAuthor Objectivity:It should be clear that the author’s purpose is to inform, educate and explainThe author’s arguments should be support by properly cited facts from multiple sourcesPeer Reviews:reviewed by other experts in the author’s field of studyHigh-Quality Content:material should be clearly organized and relevant to the topic at handshould be well written and free of grammatical and spelling errors
5 PRIMARY SOURCESA primary sources is any item that has a direct connection to the topic you are studyingwritten documentsInterviewsAnything else directly related: i.e. paintings,coins, clothing, etc.
6 Secondary SourcesSecondary sources are those items not directly connected to the topic being studied
7 Types of sources Reference Sources provide important background information and help you better understand your topica great place to start your research by getting some basic facts and informationthings like encyclopedias. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA
8 Books and Textbooks present a multitude of topics Because of the time it takes to publish a book, books usually contain more dated information than will be found in journals and newspapers.provide in-depth analysis of your topic.Scholarly books are written and reviewed by experts.
9 Journal Articlesprovide in-depth analysis on very narrowly focused topicsScholarly articles are written and reviewed by expertsAcademic and trade journals are where to find the most up-to-date information and research in industry, business, and academiaseveral forms, including literature reviews that overview current and past research, articles on theories and history, or articles on specific processes or research.
10 Newspaper & Magazine Articles provide basic coverage of your topicallow you to track media coverage of your topiccovering the latest events and trendscontain very up-to-date informationreport both information that is factual in nature and also share opinions
11 Government Reports and Legal Documents: The government releases information intended for its own use or for public usedocuments can be an excellent source of informationAn example of a government report is the U.S. Census datagovernment reports and legal documents can now be accessed online.
12 Press Releases and Advertising: Companies and special interest groups produce texts to help persuade readers to act in some way or inform the public about some new development
13 Flyers, Pamphlets, Leaflets: some flyers or pamphlets are created by reputable sourcesmany less-than-reputable sources also produce theseare useful for quick reference or very general information.
14 Multimedia:Printed material is certainly not the only option for finding researchradio and television broadcasts, interactive talks, and public meetings
15 Websites provide quick, free access to information types of all kinds most of the information on the Internet is distributed via Web sitesvary widely in quality of information and validity of sourcesBe careful to evaluate the reliability of web sources.
16 Weblogs / Blogs: A rather recent development in Web technology type of interactive journal where writers post and readers respondvary widely in quality of information and validity of sourcesFor example, many prestigious journalists and public figures may have blogs, which may be more credible of a blog than most.
17 Message boards, Discussion lists, and Chat rooms: exist for all kinds of disciplinesplenty of boards exist that are rather unhelpful and poorly researched.
18 Multimedia on the Web: has a multitude of multimedia resources including online broadcasts and news, images, audio files, and interactive Web sites.