Sources’ credibility–and its positive or negative effect on you

For major presentations in this course, we require that student research. Learners are informed well in advance the number of sources they will need, in order to complete the assignment effectively. But with the (literally) millions of resources available to you, how do you most effectively select the right ones? More than that, how do you ensure that what you select is ethical and credible itself?

Your textbook gives a good checklist on ensuring that your resources are effective and credible. That’s a great place to start. Further, your instructor has provided you with checklists that you can print off and use as you check your sources. Please, use these to the fullest advantage.

I’m going to focus more on WHY your sources must be credible. Start with the basics…

If your sources aren’t credible, we can’t trust you. If you don’t select good information published by effective resources, we are more likely to trust you AND your information.

YOU are responsible for telling us why we should trust your source. We may never have heard of that physicist who did research on string theory. We may not know enough about music to know why G. F. Handel is important. That’s why you have to be effective in giving us ALL the information.

We have nothing in front of usIf you don’t verbally share this information, we don’t know it. Meaning: it does not exist! Be responsible and ethical with information by telling us what we need to know!

Hope these tips help!

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