Teaching Source Credibility and Bias. Standard 6.8 – Evaluating Sources. Essential question. What do my students need to evaluate when choosing sources for their research projects?. Research Assignment. This year you will write a research paper that involves literary analysis.
Teaching Source Credibility and Bias
Standard 6.8 – Evaluating Sources
According to Webster's Dictionary online:
Biasis defined as:
Rush Limbaugh, Radio Talk Show Host
In SELF-PROMOTERSAuthors of books, websites, or various written works promote their works for self-gratification.
In FINANCE: A individual or company creates website to advertise a product or service.
From SPONSORS:An individual or company supports a website with the intention of gaining exposure.
edu = educational institution http://docsouth.unc.edu.
gov = US government site http://memory.loc.gov.
org = organization or association http://www.theaha.org.
com = commercial site http://www.historychannel.com.
museum = museum http://nc.history.museum.
net = personal or other site http://www.californiahistory.net
For a research paper on the history of the sport of lacrosse, which website will be the most relevant and reliable?
The correct answer is B. Option A and D both represent retail companies who sell sporting equipment. Their websites would be unlikely to have much information about the history of the sport. Option C is a link to a university. Option B is a link to an organization that oversees the development and rules of the sport, thus they would be more likely to have information about the history of the sport.
Rank each of these websites from 1(low) to 4 (high) according to how reliable and accurate you think they would be:
Explain your reasons for ranking each website to a partner.
Did you and your partner agree on the rankings?
Harris, Robert. “Evaluating Internet Sources.” Virtual Salt. June 15, 2007. January 12, 2010. http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm. Web.
Lunsford, Andrea A. The Everyday Writer: Fourth Edition. Boston:
Bedford- St. Martin’s Press, 2009. 170-171. Print