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Evaluating Sources

How to find the best resources for your research projects

Dana Rider

on 13 February 2017

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Transcript of Evaluating Sources

Researching Online
Obstacle 1
Obstacle 2
Obstacle 3
What is YOUR first step
when looking for resources??
Why use a database when
I can Google it?
What changes can you make in your researching to ensure you are finding better resources?
Navigating the Online World
To evaluate different types
of online sources to find the
best resources for research

What resources should you
watch out for online?
What is important to look
for on websites you are using?
Why do you think databases can be
beneficial to you?
What are some websites to look out for??
What is a blog?
blog/blôg/Noun: A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.
What is a Wiki?
wi·ki/wik/Noun: A Web site developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content.

What type of web address is it?
What to look for…

What to look for…

Is the website advanced?
For a general reader?
A website for professionals?
What to look for…

Is the website educational?
Or is it supposed to be for entertainment?
What to look for…

Who composed the website?
What are their qualifications?
Is the person or organization biased toward the subject?
What to look for…
Type of Website:
Paid for by an
Trusted sources for
good information, each article is filtered before posted online
Updated daily, so information is always
up to date
What are Databases?
Gibbs High School Databases
When was the website created?
Last modified?
What to look for...
Accuracy of Information:
Is there a works cited or bibliography?
Where did the author get their information?
Check the new information against what you already know!
What to look for…
Look and Feel:
Does the website look professional?
Do all the links work?
What they mean:
.gov=Government website
.edu=Education, school or university
.ac=Educational (like .edu)
.net=Service Provider
How many of these website URLs can you recognize?
On the quarter sheet of paper at your table list the top 4 places that you go to find information online....
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