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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You are doing research on the American Chestnut tree. Which source can you trust for valid, reliable information?
Sometimes you will be asked rank sources according to reliability.
This seems hard, but it really is quite simple.
You are doing research on the moon’s effect on ocean tides. Rank the following sources according to reliability.
Source 4: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide
Think about the information you need to know and what is really important.
Ask the following questions:
The scope of your topic needs to be just right!
Cities in California
San Francisco, California
Tourist Attractions in San Francisco
San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Bridge
Complements of Mrs. Monroe
American Movie Actors
American Movie Actors of the 1990’s
Don wants to learn more about digital photography. For an Internet search, which phrase would provide the most focused search for Don?