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Evaluating Sources

Explores topics related to selecting and using information from online sources including credibility, authority, accuracy, and usefulness.
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Evaluating Sources Noelle Kreider
Judy Bryson Usefulness Authority Accuracy Credibility How do you decide
whether or not to use information you find online? Name of author / publisher
Expertise on topic
Contact information provided
Bibliography / references
Links to and from other credible sources
Consider bias / motivation Visit the homepage for author/publisher information
Perform a search on the author / organization
Look for a copyright notice
Visit the About page
Look for and follow links to other sources
Do an Alexa.com query
Do a link: search to find who links to this site
Use www.easywhois.com to find out who owns the site Check it! Information is supported by other sources
Date created and revised is provided
No spelling/grammatical errors
http://www.accuracyproject.org/ Fact check on Snopes.com, ProCon.org and other fact-check sites.
Fact check on Google.
Search specifically for sources with citations.
Check for "last updated" information on pages you visit.
Use date range searching in Google's Left-Hand Panel to limit results.
Look for plagiarism using quote search of low probability phrase. Believable based on your own belief system or prior knowledge.

Claims are supported with valid evidence.

Facts can be tracked back to a valid source. Check it! Evaluating scientific messages
http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/sciencetoolkit_01 CyberSMART Lesson Plans K-12
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/ Google Web Search Education
http://sites.google.com/site/gwebsearcheducation/ The Truth is Out There Billie Holiday Research From Gale’s Online Biography Resource Center: Encyclopedia of World Biography, December 12, 1998

Factbox
Holiday, Billie

April 07, 1915
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

July 17, 1959
New York, New York, United States
Jazz singer Lesson Plans / Presentations Websites for Credibility Practice Internet Accuracy Project
www.accuracyproject.org/cbe-Holiday,Billie.html

Full, original or maiden name at birth: Elinore Harris*

Date, time and place of birth:
April 7, 1915, at 2:30 a.m.,
Philadelphia General Hospital,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.** Just because it sounds good,
doesn't mean it is!
http://www.ovaprima.org Think critically!
http://www.dhmo.org Edu must be true?
http://www.umich.edu/~engtt516/lifetimes.html Looks can be deceiving!
http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ Technology can fool you!
http://www.firstgenetics.com Today's Objectives Define credibility, accuracy, authority, and usefulness
Learn common mistakes people make when they evaluate web resources.
Learn methods for assessing credibility
Develop confidence in delivering 1+ lessons
Connect to standards Before we begin, please access our training resources. http://www.rialtoschools.org/site_res_view_template.aspx?id=8de8d648-f882-472f-837c-3b01f7b6934a&userGroupId=7488e108-7a3a-413b-9369-a49551b75373&userGroupType=G On your school's page, click More...
Click Professional Development Center
Click Teaching Research Prezi viewers click here: Task 1: Genetically Engineered Food Task 2: Review genetically engineered
food sites and compare authority. http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/stuff-happens/stuff-happen-details.html Do you believe Bill? Science Be wary of everyone saying the exact same thing...


such as news agencies replicating the same story
without independent verification. Use library databases
Use different search engines
Date range search
Related searches
Directories
Wikipedia for references
Wikidashboard for changes and authors
Will this source meet my needs?
Information is understandable
Information is relevant to my task
Provides abundant information
Provides additional sources Find it! Technology "Bill Gates Speaks in Hong Kong, 2008." Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. "Bill Clinton Speaks at the University of Illinois." UPI Photo Collection. United Press International, 2010. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. Politics Politics Science Technology Do you believe Bill now? Do you believe Bill now? Politics Technology Science Task 3: Check accuracy of
Christopher Columbus research. Put it into practice: Task 5: Use a rubric to evaluate websites. "Billie Holiday (1915-1959)." Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. Task 4: Compare Josh Beckett
sites for usefulness. Resources
for Teaching Wiki ≠ Wicked!
A question of authority
Usually just as accurate as other encyclopedias
Useful as a starting point Wikipedia - Good or Bad? http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/wikipedia/ http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=621 Video explaining wikipedia: Pro-Con debate about wikipedia: http://youtu.be/ebcfFg2ihYw http://youtu.be/pIMsryG0g74 http://www.famouspictures.org/mag/index.php?title=I_Want_To_Believe http://youtu.be/NBfi8OEz0rA Related Terms a website that "scrapes" (copies) information from another website. For example, many sites will scrape content from wikipedia and post ads or inappropriate content alongside it. When a person uses a search engine, the scraper site will appear in the results list, sometimes above the original site, attracting unsuspecting web surfers. Scraper site a company creates a website to address popular search queries but provides low-quality content and lots of advertising. DBEYR "don't believe everything you read" Turklebaum bogus content. Comes from a fake email story about a man named Turklebaum.
Derivation: turklebaumed "My inbox was turklebaumed." http://www.snopes.com/horrors/gruesome/fivedays.asp Urban Legend most commonly used to refer to false or exaggerated stories propogated through email and other modern communication http://www.snopes.com/info/ul-def.asp Fauxtography photo or video that has been digitally modified Credits To access his presentation and other related lectures, go to http://sites.google.com/site/gwebsearcheducation/master-lessons See in-context links
for all other references. The majority of ideas and content for this presentation were derived from a lecture presented by Daniel Russell, Search Educator from Google, at a Credibility Class for Teachers, on 2/3/11, at California State University, San Bernardino. The CyberSMART lessons on Research and Information Fluency were reviewed in the process of developing the rubric. http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/ If it sounds outrageous,
it probably is!
http://www.rythospital.com Noelle's Evergrowing Collection of Related Resources
http://www.diigo.com/list/tech4teachers/web-credibility DBEYR!
http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicapollo.html http://xkcd.com/250/ http://xkcd.com/882/ http://www.snopes.com/photos/photos.asp Content Farm http://www.npr.org/2011/04/22/135625124/google-tweak-s-algorithm-to-spot-content-farms?ps=cprs
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