For example, books on food sanitation written for children, for restaurant workers, or for research microbiologists will be very different even though they all cover the same topic. Is the information balanced, or is it? Questions to Ask Web Issues C urrency How recent is the information? Is this fact or opinion? The intended audience can also indicate the potential reliability of the item because some audiences require more documentation than others. Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases? Does the author use to convince readers? Identifying the intended audience of the information or product is another aspect of evaluating information. Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper? Who is the author, creator, or publisher of the source or what organization is responsible for the source? I just wrote this to make a point. The most important to this writer is reliability and validity. Does the website exist solely to sell you something? There are two facets to the issue of currency. This page has moved here: Please update your links.
Information sources with a very narrow focus or a distinct bias mean that you need to find additional sources to obtain the information on other aspects of your topic. How reliable and free from error is the information? Ants, killer bees, fat people, what's plaguing you? If you quote this source, will it be available later? You should also consider whether the source provides sufficient coverage of the topic. Currency In this case, currency has nothing to do with money. For example: If you were doing a project on the survival of passengers in car crashes, you would need the most recent information on automobile crash tests, structural strength of materials, car wreck mortality statistics, etc. Now the person needs to roll his previous number before he rolls a seven. So, if these search engines are good enough for those people they'll be more than good enough for anyone posting something herein LinkedIn.
Is the information supported by evidence? What we should do, is herd them up, and put them on island. Is it current enough for your topic? More importantly is finding reliable, trustworthy, verifiable, current sources of information. Because most if not all academic institutions and experts use them. Anyone can make an assertion or a statement about some thing, event, or idea, but only someone who knows or understands what that thing, event, or idea is can make a reasonably reliable statement or assertion about it. Most people use Google when searching the internet. Personally this writer wants his work to remain at the proficiency to advanced levels when writing scholarly papers and articles. You were always involved with all new things.
Through my research experiences this writer has become aware of some of the better sources online as well as those to stay away from. Anything else, and the rules change. Can you verify the information in another source or from personal knowledge? These are all reliable sources. Provided by: The University of Rhode Island. If it has remained dormant for some time, it may be a warning. Keep in mind, you may find a third source that presents yet another statistic, so you may need to continue to research to verify accuracy. Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade? Again, this is especially important when evaluating websites.
Is it trying to promote a political or religious agenda? In the world of the Internet, you could become Allie S. I mean, how many people are there in this 'crap'? Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy. How might the author's affiliation affect the point of view, slant, or potential bias of the source? Use your best judgement and don't be afraid to ask a librarian or your instructor. Before you decide whether you want to use the source in your essay, check to see if you can verify the information. While it is unlikely that anything humans do is ever absolutely objective, it is important to establish that the information you intend to use is reasonably objective, or if it is not, to establish exactly what the point of view or bias is. Similar surnames: , , , , , , , , , An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Craap ancestors lived in harsh conditions.
Is it written to inform readers? Establishing the accuracy, or relative accuracy, of information is an important part of evaluating the reliability of information. Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland. That really depends on your topic and discipline. If, on the other hand, you were doing a project on the feelings of college students about the VietNam War during the 1960s, you would need information written in the 1960s by college students primary sources as well as materials written since then about college students in the 1960s secondary sources. For example, items produced for scholarly or professional audiences are generally produced by experts and go through a peer evaluation process. Up until this writer started graduate school, searching and using Google just isn't good enough.
What are the author's qualifications and credentials for writing about this subject? Currency refers to when the information was posted or published. What does this say about the source? In other words, when was it written? You must know what the point of view is and why that point of view is important to your project. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year. Or is it balanced with multiple points of view? The question of most recent version of information versus an original or primary version can be a critical one. I'm really glad to hear about what your having dinner! Next, read carefully to make sure the author uses ample evidence to support claims. Were there editors and fact checkers? Obviously as someone who reads and researches more than the average person as a current doctoral candidate.
There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. The date information was published or produced tells you how current it is or how contemporaneous it is with the topic you are researching. Who is responsible for its dissemination? You, your neighbor, or just about anyone can publish online. I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Purpose: To determine the reason why the information exists. How do we know these are reliable? Who is the intended audience? It's hard organizing meetings without the phones though. And you're perpetuating the downfall of mankind! Often times when this writer hits the link being provided by one of our fellow LinkedIn posters, it becomes apparent to me that the source being used is either unreliable or has a specific agenda which then would lend itself to added bias and discrimination based on the writers of that website or source. Provided by: Eastern Michigan University. When you read through your source, consider how the source will effectively support your argument and how you can utilize the source in your paper.