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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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How to find good resources

How to Find Good Resources

How do i know???

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?