You should always ask questions about everything
you read, see or hear. You should look carefully at each source to find out if it's:
||too simple, just right, or too difficult
at the headings and sub-headings, the size of the type or font, and the words/sentences.
||facts or opinions
Check to see if the
person is telling what they think about the topic or if they are backing up their ideas
with factual proof.
||written/created by an authority/expert or someone
who's just interested
Check the title page in a book, magazine, or CD-ROM
booklet, the opening credits of a video, and the bottom of the homepage in a web site, for
the writer, creator, editor, or publisher, to see if they are an expert or authority in
||old or up to date
Check the title page in
a book, magazine, or CD-ROM booklet, the opening credits of a video, and the bottom of the
homepage in a web site, for the date it was published or produced and the copyright date.
||well organized and easy to use to find information
Does it have a table of contents, index, headings and sub-topics,
pictures, charts, graphs, maps... to help you find what you need?
Evaluating a Web Site: To decide whether a web
site will be useful in your research use the web page evaluation rubric and
Content Page Evaluation guide. These will help you to analyze and evaluate the
web site you are thinking about using.
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