“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet”–Abraham Lincoln
Use the WCS Dashboard as well as these resources to assist you with locating information and images for your class work.
How do I know if I’ve found a “credible” source?
Your vehicle for information evaluation!
- Is the information correct?
- Am I on the right track?
- Is there a bibliography or are there links to other reliable (credible) sites?
- Is the information relevant to the topic at hand?
- (Relevant means closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand)
- Is the information suitable to my age and core values?
- How much information do I need?
- Is the depth of coverage adequate?
- When was the information published or last updated?
- Currency is a sign of accuracy.
- Who is the author of the information?
- What are his or her qualifications?
- Is this person an expert?
- Why was this information written?
- What is the purpose of the site? Was it written to inform me, entertain me, persuade me, or sell me something?
KEYS to RESEARCH SUCCESS
1. Use reliable resources
WCS databases and other sites are recognized for having the best information.
2. Use keyword searches, not questions
Example: Harriet Tubman escape NOT How did Harriet Tubman escape?
3. Use a variety of resources
Use a mixture of online and print.
4. Evaluate your resources
Use RRADCAB to help you decide if you are using the best resources for the job.
5. Avoid plagiarism
Put your findings in your own words. Use direct quotes and give credit to the speaker/ writer of the information.
6. Cite your sources correctly.
Use NoodleTools to help you create your Works Cited page.
- Ok for an overview of a topic. If you use the information, make sure the information has been cited from a reliable source.
- Links to other sites and pictures are usually reliable.
- Follow the links to more reliable sites and use that information instead.
This is a “Forum” and might be ok for learning how to fix your XBOX, but not ok for scholarly research.
It does not have the quality information your teachers are looking for.