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Sources: The Good, the Bad, the Eh...

A presentation to assist students in finding credible sources for research.

Rebecca Richardson

on 27 February 2017

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Transcript of Sources: The Good, the Bad, the Eh...

The Good, the Bad,
the Eh...

the Good
Peer Reviewed / Scholarly Journals
Non-Fiction Books
Websites that End with:
And, (USUALLY) .org
The BAD!
Where do you find these?
Library Databases
Library Collection
The Eh...
Trade Magazines
Exceptions to the Rule
There are always exceptions to these rules:
You are writing an opinion piece
You are writing a literature paper
and need fiction on which to base
your findings.
You just need to evaluate your topic and find
the sources that are most suited to your needs.

Newspapers, Trade Magazines
and Periodicals can provide
good resources for Primary Research
for History Papers and Opinion
pieces, but they are not always
appropriate for every paper.
Peer Reviewed /
Scholarly Journals
1. Author with Credentials
2. Abstract
3. Few or No Advertisements
4.Black and White Printing
on Flat, White Paper
5. Usually Published Quarterly
1. Author, sometimes
2. What is an abstract?
3. Hey! Buy This! And This! And This!
4. Shiny, Happy Colorful Paper
5. Published Weekly, Monthly or bi-Monthly
Personal Websites / Blogs
Biased Websites / Magazines
Works of Fiction
The content of any Wiki
allows anyone to alter the
information. There is no way
of knowing for sure if the
information is completely
correct or if it will be there when you go back to the page.
Why Not?
Personal Websites / Blogs
These websites give only
the opinion of the author.
And the information is not
necessarily based on fact.
But I Like...
Biased Websites / Magazines
Many websites and magazines
have an obvious bias or misinformation:
Fox News is Conservative
CNN is Liberal
The Catholic Digest is Religious

some are not so obvious:
* http://www.martinlutherking.org
* http://www.dhmo.org
Looks like a great source of information about
Martin Luther King, Jr. but look who is making
the money... a group called Stormfront - a White
Supremacist Group.
Looks like a great site about
Dihydrogen Monoxide, which, according
to the website, is a leading cause of
death worldwide. It looks like great information,
but there is nothing there to back up the claims.
AND, an individual, Tom Way, is the owner and sole contributor to this website.
By the way, Dihydrogen Monoxide is Water.
Works of Fiction
While fun to read, fiction
is not suitable to cite as
fact in research
what do you mean it's not real?
Everyone has an opinion...
And, when in doubt,
your Librarian
your Instructor
In General ask yourself:
WHO is writing the content?
Are they an expert?
Are they profiting from the info?
WHAT is the piece about?
Is this their opinion or fact?
WHERE is the information coming from?
An individual? (See above)
A school, government, museum, etc.
And, WHERE is the proof?
Are there reliable source citations to back up claims?
By Becky Richardson
Murray State University
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