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English as a Second Language (ESL 23/24): Evaluating Sources: Tips & Tricks

This is a general course guide for student research

WHAT MAKES A SOURCE CREDIBLE?

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING WHEN SELECTING SOURCES:

  • AUTHOR'S EXPERTISE OR KNOWLEDGE OF THE TOPIC OR ISSUE
  • AUTHOR'S POINT OF VIEW OR SPECIFIC PERSPECTIVE (BIAS)
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION - IS IT CURRENT OR HISTORICAL INFORMATION?

DETERMINE WHETHER THE SOURCE IS TRUSTWORTHY & APPROPRIATE.

Building better Google searches

To find information from only GOVERNMENT websites, include "site:gov" along with your keywords in the Google search box.

obesity children site:gov

 

To find information from only ORGANIZATIONS, include "site:org" along with your keywords in the Google search box.

children food preservatives site:org

 

To find information from only EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, include "site:edu" along with your keywords in the Google search box.

food advertisements children site:edu

What Are Credible Websites?

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Evaluating Sources for Credibility

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Internet Research: What's Credible?

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