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HMS 104 Group Dynamics

Covers group techniques in clinical or agency settings based on various theoretical models with emphasis on the leadership role, phases of group development, and interaction within the group.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

List of Topics Covered in this presentation. By working along with these slides, you will learn more about the following. •Importance of Evaluating Sources •Types of Sources •Try it out! Evaluation check list and best practices •Where are the credible sources? •Library database demonstration •Website evaluation tools

What will be covered in these slides.

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information Creation as a Process Information Has Value Research as Inquiry Scholarship as Conversation (this can also apply to technical standards and innovation in industries, not just academia) Searching as Strategic Exploration In summary: Information Literacy instruction develops critical thinking skills that empowers students to Find, Evaluate, and Use information. Research is a process that requires some objective thought and at times, a creative strategy.

Association of College and Research Libraries: Framework for Information Literacy

For more information about this framework visit this website: ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

The Importance of evaluating sources.

Types of Sources: Popular: General Audience Meant to entertain, inform, or persuade Good for current events, answering

Types of Sources: Popular vs. Scholarly

Visual Examples of Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

Popular publications are generally are printed on glossy paper, can be purchased at newsstands or subscribed to for at- home reading, many color images and engaging layouts with advertisements are scattered throughout the publication.

Scholarly articles generally are printed in academic journals where there are little to no color images, no advertisements, Many scholarly journals require professional membership to subscribe to the publication and is not available for purchase on newsstands or general subscriptions. 

Types of Sources: Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary and Secondary Sources

You typically don’t want to go beyond secondary. But, there are tertiary sources – what do you think that means? Why do you think these sources are less credible than primary and secondary?

Tips to help evaluate sources: Not comprehensive!  Find more than one resource on the topic to get the big picture. You are the detective! Who is the author? Who is the intended audience?  Reference List/Supporting Data?  Is the source reputable? What is its purpose?  Is this information current?

Tips to Help Evaluate Sources

Where to start your search for credible sources: the library!

Where to start?

Resources to help you evaluate sources

Tools to help you evaluate 

Website Evaluation Tool: SPAT Test

  • SPAT has gone through extensive scientific testing. You will gain the tools and knowledge to assess website content and decide if what you are reading is correct and trustworthy. This website shows how to use the SPAT tool and offers you an opportunity to practice using it on a website offering information on childhood cancer.

MLA Checklist for Evaluating Sources

  • Use the checklist below to determine whether a source is likely to provide credible, trustworthy information.

Connections between Information Literacy and Writing

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