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How to Find Good Resources. How do i know???. Just remember CARS. Credibility Accuracy Reasonableness Support. Credibility. What about this source makes it believable (or not)? How does this source know this information? Why should I believe this source over another?

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just remember cars
Just remember CARS
  • Credibility
  • Accuracy
  • Reasonableness
  • Support
  • What about this source makes it believable (or not)?
  • How does this source know this information?
  • Why should I believe this source over another?
  • The key to credibility is the question of trust.
ways to know something is not credible
Ways to know something is NOT credible…
  • Anonymity 
    • Does it say who wrote it?
  • Lack of Quality Control 
    • Does it say if someone reviewed the information?
  • Bad grammar or misspelled words
    • Most of the time, scholarly people will check their work to make sure it is grammatically correct.
how do i know it s accurate
How do I know it’s accurate?
  • The goal of the accuracy test is to assure that the information is:
    • Correct
      • Does the information apply to what you are researching?
    • Up to Date
      • Was it published within the last ten years?
    • Factual
      • Is the information based in fact or opinion?
    • Detailed
      • Does the author go into great detail on the topic, or is the article vague?
how do i know it s reasonable
How do I know it’s reasonable?
  • The test of reasonableness involves examining the information for:
    • Fairness
      • Does the author fairly represent the information? Test for facts vs. opinions!
    • Objectivity
      • Does the author view the data from an unbiased perspective?
    • Consistency
      • Is the information consistent or does it contradict itself?
how do i know it s unreasonable
How do I know it’s unreasonable?
  • Writers who put themselves in the way of the argument, either emotionally or because of self interest, often reveal their lack of reasonableness.
  • If, for example, you find a writer inserting his or her own opinions about the topic, you know the information may be biased and therefore unreasonable.
what is support
What is support?
  • The area of support is concerned with the source of the information.
  • Much information, especially statistics and facts, come from other sources.
  • Citing sources strengthens the credibility of the information.
  • Always look to see where the writer got his or her information!
questions to consider
Questions to consider…
  • Where did this information come from?
  • What sources did the creator use?
  • Are the sources listed?
  • Is there a bibliography or other documentation?
  • Does the author provide contact information in case you wish to discuss an issue or request further clarification?
  • How does the writer know about this topic?
recap of cars
Recap of CARS
  • Credibility
  • Accuracy
  • Reasonableness
  • Support
  • Example: Time for Kids. Solar Storm Hits Earth. By: Stephanie Kraus. January 30, 2012.
how to search for sources
How to Search for Sources
  • When searching on Google or other search engines, always use short and simple words or phrases.
  • Don’t use questions in your search.
  • Pick out key words or phrases to use instead.
  • If your search does not yield usable results, try another combination of keywords.
let s try a few together
Let’s try a few together!
  • How would we search about the BP oil spill in the Gulf?
  • What if we wanted to search specifically about how the ecosystem was effected?
  • How about the government involvement in sanctions against BP?