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EDU 230: Communication Skills for Teachers -- Spring 2019: Evaluating Sources

Crap detection

“Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him."    
          ~Ernest Hemingway, 1954

Why Evaluate web sources?

  • Anyone with a little time, some knowledge and small amount of money can publish on the Internet.
  • No person, persons or organization reviews the content of the Internet.
  • Pages are retrieved by search engines based on the page's content, not the relevancy or quality of the page.
  • Much information on the Web is not updated regularly.

It’s up to YOU to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes. “Crap detection,” as Hemingway called it half a century ago, is more important than ever before.

The Gingrich Guide has more information on evaluating source material.

Evaluating Sources

Quis, quid, ubi, ubi, cur, quomodo

5 Ws and an H.

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
  • How

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