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Finding Credible Sources Online

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Ms. Smith

on 17 February 2016

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Finding Credible Sources Online
Establishing Credibility
Where can information be sourced for a credible argument?
Supporting Arguments with Sources
Information you use to support your arguments are important!
Audience & Credibility
Your audience may judge the credibility of your argument based on the sources you use.
Using information from questionable sources will lead the audience to question your trustworthiness.
Websites are useful for finding information, but how do you decide which sites to use?
This site originated in 1996! How current is this?
Authority is a big problem in Wikipedia.

Use sites authored by experts in the field of research or authored by researchers who have extensive experience on a subject.
I believe everything this site says because it is written by the National Rifleman's Association. They know everything about guns!
This site is pro-militia and anti-gun-control. Biased sites aren't necessarily bad, but it is IMPORTANT to inform the reader about the site's biased position on a topic.
Written for a general audience
Provides general overview
Short, sometimes does not cite sources
Written for professionals
Provides detailed information based on evidence and research
(Google Scholar is an awesome source)
Web MD...
Is this site popular or scholarly in nature?
Purpose/Point of View
How current is the information?
How recently was the website updated?
Is it current enough for your topic?
Bad Source Example:
Based on evidence collected by my roommate, Jackalopes are hybrid Jack Rabbits crossed with Pheasants, and Antelopes. Native only to South Dakota, they are known for pranking hunters.
What kind of information is included in the resource?
Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is it balanced?
Does the creator/author provide references of sources for data and quotations?
Who is the author or creator?
What are their credentials?
Who is the publisher or sponsor?
Are they reputable?
What is the publisher's intent of the information?
Are there advertisements on the website?
Purpose/Point of View
Is this fact or opinion?
Is it biased?
Is the creator or author trying to sell you something?
For research, it is best to have a .edu, .gov, or .mil ending in the URL.
.com (commercial $)
.edu (education - most U.S. colleges)
.ac (education - not in the U.S.)
.org (any organization)
.net (no specific designation)
.gov (government agency)
.mil (military)

Official government websites
Institutional sites that represent universities, governing bodes, respected organizations with specific expertise
Peer Reviewed Journals - experts in the field have looked at the work and have confirmed it is accurate and credible
Reputable news sources

Web Forums - discussion boards or chat rooms.
Individual or business websites
Materials published by a person or organization that may have an ulterior motive.

Which is more credible?

Which is more credible?

Writer's Notebook
Credible: able to be believed; reasonable to trust or believe; good enough to be effective
How do you judge if something is credible when surfing the internet?
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