Explain what can be considered credible, consistent sources by showing learners what to look for in sources (e.g. sufficient depth, relevance, authority etc.).
Give examples of sources that might not be considered credible (e.g. Wikipedia).
This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to conduct research for a paper and who is confused about how to choose credible sources. It will explain the difference between reliable and unreliable sources.
AUTHORITY - Authority reveals that the person, institution or agency responsible for a site has the qualifications and knowledge to do so.
PURPOSE - The author should be clear about the purpose of the information presented in the site. Some sites are meant to inform, persuade, state an opinion, entertain, or parody something or someone.
COVERAGE - It is often difficult to assess the extent of coverage since the depth in a site, through the use of links, can be infinite. One author may claim to present comprehensive coverage of a topic while another may cover just one aspect of a topic.
CURRENCY - The currency of the site refers to: 1) how current the information presented is, and 2) how often the site is updated or maintained. It is important to know when a site was created, when it was last updated, and if all of the links are current.
OBJECTIVITY - The objectivity of the site should be clear. Beware of sites that contain a certain bias. Objective sites will present information with a minimum of bias, without the intention to persuade.
ACCURACY - There are few standards available on the web to verify the accuracy of information. It is the responsibility of the reader to beware of the information presented. Be sure to differentiate fact from opinion.
Source: Made by Ms. K
When writing a research-based essay, look carefully at the sources you want to use and be sure that none of them can be edited by anyone, are biased, or are just silly.
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