In today's class:
Individually or with a classmate, review the following image and answer the following:
Add your thoughts to the following Jamboard.
When assessing the quality of a source, here are some questions to consider:
Strengths: short, contains background information on a topic, normally a great starting point when you are just learning about a topic
Weaknesses: too short, print encyclopedias are out of date quickly, Wikipedia has reliability issues
Books and Book Chapters
Strengths: Provides an in-depth investigation into a topic
Weaknesses: too long, sometimes hard to tell whether it is scholarly
Scholarly Journal Articles
Strengths: often based on research findings or extensive review, written by experts, reviewed by experts, provides evidence
Weaknesses: Sometimes written using discipline-specific language or terminology, hard to understand,
Media Sources (news, online magazine articles)
Strengths: Good for current information
Weaknesses: Sometimes biased, sometimes written to entertain, often not written by experts, often not reviewed by experts
Websites & Social Media
Strengths: Highly accessible, includes government info
Weaknesses: It is hard to assess credibility and reliability...anyone can post online or create a website
Lectures, Ted Talks, Interviews, Recordings, Testimony
Strengths: Primary, first-hand accounts
Weaknesses: It is hard to assess credibility and reliability...single perspective relying on the accuracy of memory.
What are the best tools for finding academic sources?
General Search Tools
Subject Specific Search Tools (Use the subject guides to help identify these)
Things to remember when using LibrarySearch:
Sign in to save searches, items, and to request materials.
Use the pin icon to save books and articles.
Use the filters on the right. Common filters are Availability, Resource Type, Peer-Review and Date.
When viewing an item record, scroll down to the Get It or Full-Text section to get the item.
Additional LibrarySearch Features
General Searching Tips:
Less is More: Start with one or two words and then add one additional term at a time
Phrase searching: Use "quotation marks" around key ideas made up of multiple words
Truncation: Use an asterisk * to find different endings to your keywords
Use limits: These refine (narrow) your search using different restrictions
You can combine all the above in your search:
In Google Docs
Highlight your reference(s). Select Format - Align & Indent - Indentation Options.
In the Indentation option menu, select Special indent - hanging
Highlight your reference(s) and open the paragraph menu. You can click on the bottom of the paragraph section of the top menu, or right click on your mouse to access it. The images below have been captured on a PC, so it may look slightly different if you are using a Mac.
In the paragraph menu, make the following selections:
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