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Reliable and Unreliable Sources

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Colleen Braden

on 20 January 2016

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Transcript of Reliable and Unreliable Sources

Reliable and Unreliable Web Sources
During the next few days each of you will be conducting research on your individual or group through the internet. There are millions of pages of information on the World Wide Web from how to tie your shoe to how many bricks are in the Great Wall of China. All of these websites are rather easy to find, but how do you know if that information is useful, relevant, or true?
Conducting Research
Discussion Questions
to inform
to entertain
to promote
to sell
to influence
to misinform
to ridicule
Why are websites created?

What do we use the internet for?

Who can post information on the internet?
Reasons Websites are Created
When researching, it is critical that you search for reliable sources and stay away from unreliable sources.
As you research and find various sources, there are five different criteria you should consider.
What does criteria mean?
A standard that you use to judge or make a decision about something.
Criteria #1
What is the purpose of this site or page?
commercial (advertisement)
informative or educational
personal (journal, facebook)
hoax (joke, fake)
Criteria #2
Author's Intent
What is the top-level domain of the site?

com - commercial businesses
gov - U.S. government agencies
edu - Educational institutions such as universities
org - Organizations (mostly nonprofit)
net - Network organizations
Who created the site and what authority do they have on the subject?
What contact information is given for the author or sponsors?
Criteria #3
Does the site only give one side of an issue?
Does the bias impact the usefulness of the information?
In favor of or against one thing, person, or group
Criteria #4
Does the site seem accurate, well-written, relevant?
Is the site up-to-date?
Do the links on the page lead to relevant information?
Are there mistakes in spelling or word usage?
Criteria #5
Is the information presented in a clear and organized fashion?
Do ads interfere with the content?
As you research, go with your instinct!
If you consider the five criteria and feel that the source does not seem reliable, do not use it!
Do not use:
May want to use:
Electronic Encyclopedia
.edu websites
Rock N Roll Hall of Fame website
Focused Freewrite
For the next two minutes, please write anything you know about reliable and unreliable web sources and the internet
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