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Ranking, Reliability, and Focused Topics. Reliable Sources (Review). Reliable sources: sources you can trust. They have been proven valid. Unreliable sources: sources that have no validity , or are considered untrustworthy. Practice.

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Ranking reliability and focused topics

Ranking, Reliability, and Focused Topics


Reliable sources review

Reliable Sources (Review)

  • Reliable sources: sources you can trust. They have been proven valid.

  • Unreliable sources: sources that have no validity , or are considered untrustworthy.


Practice

Practice

You are doing research on the American Chestnut tree. Which source can you trust for valid, reliable information?

  • A arborist (scientist who studies trees) with 30 years of experience.

  • Your BFF who wrote about the American Chestnut tree for a school assignment.

  • A Wikipedia entry on the American Chestnut tree


Ranking sources

Ranking Sources

Sometimes you will be asked rank sources according to reliability.

This seems hard, but it really is quite simple.

Let’s Practice!


Ranking practice

Ranking Practice

You are doing research on the moon’s effect on ocean tides. Rank the following sources according to reliability.


Ranking reliability and focused topics

You are doing research on the moon’s affect on ocean tides. Rank the following sources according to reliability.

  • Source 1: Entries from an oceanographer's tide journal detailing his findings.

  • Source 2: Internet web site: http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/moon/moontides/

  • Source 3: Article form The Science Journal explaining how the tides are effected by the moon.

    Source 4: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide


How to choose a topic

How To Choose a Topic

Think about the information you need to know and what is really important.

Ask the following questions:

  • Is your topic too broad?

  • Is it too narrow?

    The scope of your topic needs to be just right!


Topic examples

Topic Examples

California

Cities in California

San Francisco, California

Tourist Attractions in San Francisco

San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Bridge

Complements of Mrs. Monroe


Practice1

Practice

Movie Actors

American Movie Actors

American Movie Actors of the 1990’s

Tom Hanks


Practice2

Practice

Don wants to learn more about digital photography. For an Internet search, which phrase would provide the most focused search for Don?

  • Early cameras

  • Changes in camera technology

  • History of film

  • Techniques for taking electronic images


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