Reliable and Un-Reliable Sources Doing Academic Research
Reliable or Un-ReliableTypes of Sources • Databases: All articles found on a database have been reviewed and checked for accuracy. * Pioneer Library * SIRS Discoverer * Newspaper • Username – pioneer • Password – friend • Reliable or Un-reliable?
Reliable or Un-ReliableTypes of Sources • Wiki – A webpage that can be added to and changed by members of the wiki. * Wikipedia – Reliable or Un-reliable? • .gov – Web page managed by a government agency. *Reliable or Un-reliable? • .org – Web page managed by an organization. Often these pages have an agenda and can be biased. Check the “Who Are We” link. * Reliable or Un-reliable? • .edu – published by an educational institution. * Reliable or Un-reliable?
Reliable or Un-Reliable Types of Sources • Blog posts – Blogs are written by individuals about topics of interest to that person. * Reliable or Un-reliable? • Answers.com and Ask.com – These websites compile answers to questions posted on the web. They are usually not answered by experts in the field. * These websites come up most frequently when students search by asking a question. * Reliable or Un-reliable?
What if two sources have different information? • Look for a third source to confirm which source is accurate. ** Throw away the incorrect source.
Website Evaluation Checklist • Who wrote the pages? Are they an expert or has it been reviewed by an expert? • What is the purpose of the site? • When was the site last updated?
Reliable vs Un-Reliable SourcesPractice Reliable Un-Reliable List the articles, the source they come from, and why it is reliable List the articles, the source they come from, and why it is un-reliable.