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Searching and evaluating internet resources

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Searching and evaluating internet resources

  1. 1. Researching and evaluating internet resources Tayyaba Maher BEDF19M015 BS EDUCATION
  2. 2. Internet Resource s • Internet Resources means all Domain Names, electronic addresses, uniform resource locators (URL) and other online resources. • Internet - web • Resources - sites and applications
  3. 3. Internet Search Strategies There are some steps: • Define your purpose • find a reliable search engine • identify keywords • use Boolean operators to narrow your search results • review the results you retrieve to answer your research question
  4. 4. Internet Resources • Unlike similar information found in newspapers or television broadcasts, information available on the Internet is not regulated for quality or accuracy • therefore, it is particularly important for the individual Internet user to evaluate the resource or information. • Keep in mind that almost anyone can publish anything they wish on the Web. • It is often difficult to determine authorship of Web sources, and even if the author is listed, he or she may not always represent him or herself honestly, or he or she may represent opinions as fact. • The responsibility is on the user to evaluate resources effectively.
  5. 5. Anyone can print anything on the Internet • Internet sources must be evaluated to assure their authenticity and relevance because Web sites and pages do not go through the intensive editing processes that traditional print and visual resources do. • Therefore, YOU, the user, must learn to assess the validity of the sources you use in your research. • Don’t be fooled into believing that just because it’s on the Internet, it’s true. In essence, don’t believe everything that you read!
  6. 6. Criteria for Evaluating Internet Sources • CARRDSS is an acronym used to help remember important steps in the process of evaluating information.  C Credibility  A Accuracy  R Reliability  R Relevance  D Date  S sources  S Scope
  7. 7. CREDIBILITY • CREDIBILITY – The quality and capacity of belief. • Who is the author? What are his or her credentials? Education? Experience? • What evidence is offered of his or her knowledge?
  8. 8. Examine the Domain One good way to assess the credibility of an authority or web site is to examine the URL • edu = college or university • gov = government agency or organization • org = non-profit organization • mil = military organization • com = commercial organization • info = general information site • net = network provider • int = intergovernmental organization
  9. 9. Authority • Authority refers to the reliability and credibility of the source. • What are the author’s qualifications? • Is the author or source affiliated with a reputable organization? • Is there a contact person listed? • Is there evidence of quality control?
  10. 10. Accuracy • refers to the reliability of the information. • To examine the quality of the content on the site, ask the following questions: Is the information • Dependable? • Error-free? • Documented? • Accurate? • Comprehensive? • Understandable? • Is it grammatically correct? • Are there any spelling errors (i.e., spelling, grammar, facts)?
  11. 11. Reliability • Does the site present an opinion, point of view, bias? • Is this opinion clearly stated? • What is it? Example: this site is an anti-smoking, anti-tobacco site. • In the “about us” section it says that the purpose of the site is to teach teenagers not to smoke. I understand the opinion and it is fine for my research. • Is the information affiliated with an organization that has a particular political or social agenda
  12. 12. RELEVANCE: Does this information help to answer my question? Is it in-depth? Is it too hard, too easy, or just right? Yes or no answers are fine for the first part, then rate the level of the information. Can it be eliminated or ignored because it simply does not help?
  13. 13. DATE: • DATE – The time at which an information source is published or produced. • When was the information created? • Was it revised? • Does this project need current, up-to-date information? • When was it last updated?
  14. 14. Sources SOURCE – A primary reference work or point of origin. • Is the information based on primary or secondary sources? • Did the author document his or her sources? • What kind of links or further reading did the author choose? • Does the site have a Works Cited or Bibliography? • If they are links, do they still work? • Yes or No answers are fine. Elaborate if needed.
  15. 15. SOURCE & PURPOSE • SOURCE & PURPOSE – The range of information on a given topic and the reason behind its creation. • Does this source address the thesis in a comprehensive or peripheral way? • Is it material that can easily be read and understood?
  16. 16. Finally, These questions should be posed each time a research source is considered. If the source does not pass any element of the CARRDSS test, it should not be used. Before blindly accepting whatever, you find on the internet as fact, take the time to review the information for CARRDSS.
  17. 17. Thank You For your Attention