Class Notes for Week Ten

  • Big Question: How do we hone in on what’s real? What are the markers for credible sources? How do I create work that will pass other people’s crap detector?
  • Markers that Typical Students Use: Good format, Grammer, Citations.
  • Scholarly¬†Articles are important, but it’s also important to broaden to other types of sources.
  • It’s a good place to start out at the library.
  • What are some of the problems?
    • Not correct information.
    • May have a different agenda.
    • May be out of date (abandoned information).
    • Anyone reach a public audience.
    • With Scholarly Articles, only those who are established are published. New voices are less likely to be published. (If the shape of knowledge could change more rapidly studies, such as vaccines causing autism, would be eradicated.) Although it is important because they try to make the sources as credible as possible and not intentionally deceiving. The main message is to consider the author before assuming it’s correct.
  • It’s on the reader to determine credibility. Not the publisher. Not the author. It’s up to you.
  • Additionally, sometimes a whole text or author isn’t incorrect, sometimes it’s just certain sections.
  • How to we change as a culture to find credible sources. (Especially interesting in light of “fake news”.)
  • What are some ways we can verify the information?
    • Research the author. Is someone putting their name on it? “who is” search.
    • Shows a depth of expertise on one subject.
    • References/Sources. (MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!)
  • No one of these things is sufficent for discrediting site. They are just red flags.
  • .org = organization with a public mission (non-profit organization).

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