Evaluating Sources

Paper instructions:
Courier New–12

Due Date: To earn credit for this online journal submission, you must complete this assignment by 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, 21 September.

General Directions: Read and respond fully to the prompt below as directed.

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Note: Your journal commentary should reflect complete sentences and appropriate paragraphing. Also, as you write, refer to specific passages from the reading selection in question to provide evidence in support of the observations, ideas, and conclusions that you share.

Reminder: Do not post your entry as an attachment.

Prompt: To begin our exploration into the research process, we must address the priority of evaluating sources, that is, the degree to which a source of information is (or is not) academically credible, reliable, believable, and trustworthy.

1. To begin, familiarize yourself with the tips on evaluating sources at your choice of at least two following websites:

Evaluating Information: Applying the CRAAP Test (CSU, Chico, also available as PDF here: 2014SP, Evaluating Sources, CSU Chico, CRAAP Test.pdf)
Tips for Evaluating Resources (Bedford-St. Martin’s, at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/tips-for-evaluating-sources.htm)

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask (UC Berkely, at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html)

Evaluating Online Resources (Edsitement, at http://edsitement.neh.gov/reference-shelf/tips-for-better-browsing/evaluating-online-resources)

Video tutorial Evaluating Web Sites or: How “Emma” and “Len” Quickly Selected the Best Web Sites and Had Enough Time Left Over to Go for Coffee before Class (3:51 minutes, Ohlone Community College, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSnm8u7UOwE)

Video tutorial Evaluating Websites (5:47 minutes, Oklahoma City Community College, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6M-ViddtUE)

Video tutorial Critically Evaluating Websites (3:54 minutes, Virginia Commonwealth University, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ig20cOGQYU)

2. Next, read thoroughly and critically Nolan Higdon’s “The Milennial Media Revolution: How the Next Generation is Re-Shaping the Press” (at http://www.projectcensored.org/the-millennial-media-revolution-how-the-next-generation-is-re-shaping-the-press/)

3. Next, using the source-evaluation tips that you learned at step 1, analyze and evaluate the Nolan Higdon source. Submit your detailed evaluation as this week’s journal entry.

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