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COMM 1300 (Janda): Public Speaking: Evaluating Sources
News Articles vs. Academic Articles
How to search a database
Steps to Evaluate a Resource
Examine appearance for clues about who created it, why they created it and what the resource wants to achieve
look for strange URLs on websites (.com.co etc)
look for author/byline: if there is none, red flag! If there is, who are they? What organizations are they connected to?
look for ads, format, sensational language, grammatical errors
Assess resource with the "CRAAP" test:
Currency? Is the item current? Does it reflect the most current information? Can it be found elsewhere?
Relevance? Does the information presented address the issue it is supposed to or does it veer off on other topics? Does it address all sides of the issue?
Authority? Who wrote the article? What organization supports it? What is their reputation? Do they have credentials that support their expertise?
Accuracy? Can you determine that they are correct? Look at fact checking resources. Are they presenting all the information?
Purpose? What is the underlying reason this resource was created? Are they trying to educate? Entertain? Persuade? Are they biased?
Use "lateral reading" and critical thinking to assess resource
Look for collaborating evidence ELSEWHERE
Look at evidence/studies cited in resource.
Look in a variety of different places with different political affiliations to confirm validity.
Examine your own bias and perspective
Think about the bias of this resource and compare it to your own bias/beliefs/emotional reaction.
Can you separate your feelings from the topic and think about it critically?
Can you let go of your opinion and be ope to new possibly conflicting ideas?
More Help Evaluating Resources
Fact Check Sites
Cornell's Guide to Fake News and Resource Evaluation
Michigan's Guide to Fake News
UC Berkeley's Guide to Evaluating Resources
Benedictine University's Guide to the CRAAP Test
Berkeley's Guide to Fake News
Fact Checker (Washington Post)
Duke Reporter's Lab
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COMM 1300 (Janda): Public Speaking
Sep 16, 2021 12:52 PM
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