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Unformatted text preview: What are the What are the Characteristics Characteristics of a “Good” Source of Information? Accuracy
• Is the subject matter plausible or credible? • Are there factual inaccuracies? • Are there grammatical errors? Does the author provide references for his/her sources of information? Objectivity
• What is the purpose of the article or paper? • Does the article acknowledge and present opposing viewpoints? Authority
• Is the author an expert on the subject? Has he/she published other works on this topic? • Was the article or paper peer-reviewed by other experts in the field? (Dissertations typically are not peer field? (Dissertations typically are not peer-reviewed.) • Where did the author get his/her information? (Again, look for a reference list.) Timeliness
• When was the article or paper published? Does it reflect current trends in the field? • Sometimes it is appropriate to refer to “classic” papers in a field to provide sufficient background for topic. to provide sufficient background for a topic. • In other cases, up-to-date information is necessary (e.g. statistics on the prevalence of a psychiatric disorder). Web Sites as Sources of Information
• Does the web site’s domain name end in .com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov, .mil, .us, or some non-US ending? • Do not use web sites that are not refereed or for which the accuracy cannot be confirmed (e.g. Wikipedia, blogs). accuracy cannot be confirmed (e.g. Wikipedia, blogs). ...
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