Goals: Foundational skills in research Inquiry project (similar to senior project—smaller scale) Topic of your choice Pose important questions—broad and narrow Seek credible information Product: Present 2-4 min PowerPoint due Mon/Tues Feb 3-4 Homework for this unit is to work on project!
Definition: The quality of being believable or worthy of trust Dictionary.com
With so much available information, students must decipher what is credible and useful for their purposes. Where to look What to look for What to accept
Does the author have expertise to write on the topic? Is the information in this source up-to- date? Does the publisher affect the information? What do reviewers say about the source? Is the source appropriate for your research?
Who is the owner of the site—the producer of the content? Does that owner have anything to gain from you using the site? advertising links potential purchase Is the information consistent with book sources? Is there a prejudice or bias that is readily apparent? advocacy or hate group Does the site have a professional, reputable appearance? (Note: Many websites are software now and not self-created, so they generally appear more professional; thus, this cannot be the only criteria for judgment.) no flashy ads or pop ups no malicious links
Source: Something that supplies information Primary Source: a document/ physical object written/ created during the time under study…present during an experience or time period & offer inside view of event Secondary Source: interprets and analyzes primary sources…one+ steps removed from event & may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them
PRIMARY SOURCESSECONDARY SOURCES Artifacts (coins, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, etc.) Audio recordings Diaries Internet communications on email Interviews Journal articles w/ NEW research findings Letters Newspaper articles from the time Original documents (birth certificate, will, etc.) Photographs Records Speeches Survey research Art, literature, music Bibliographies Biographies Commentaries/Criticisms Dictionaries, Encyclopedias Histories Journal articles reviewing previous findings Magazine/ newspaper articles digesting information after the fact Textbooks Website
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/index.html http://www.loc.gov/index.html The National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/index.html http://www.archives.gov/index.html Sweet Search: http://www.sweetsearch.com/ http://www.sweetsearch.com/ Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/ http://scholar.google.com/
Title Page —Title, author(s), edition, publishing company, place of publication Table of Contents —chapters, subheadings, page numbers Appendix —charts, documents, tables, illustrations, and/or photographs Glossary —dictionary of words found in a book Index —end of book—shows topics and page numbers Bibliography —titles, authors, and publishing information for references/resources used to write book
1) Individually: Identify primary and secondary sources 2) As a small group: Evaluate the credibility of sources (use evaluation questions)
1. Work individually to determine if sources on handout are primary or secondary (we will review as a class) 10 minutes
1. In small groups of 2-3, identify as primary/secondary and evaluate the credibility of the source given to you on a scale of 1-5 (1= not credible; 5= very credible). 2. Be ready to defend your evaluation and explain how/when it might be useful. 10 minutes
Why is research important? Why is distinguishing between primary and secondary sources helpful?