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PHIL 3372: Liberty: Evaluation

Evaluating Bibliographic Citations


The information you need for a citation - whether it is a book, website etc.- is also the same information you need to asses a resource.

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name.

(this is the format for an APA book citation)

  • Who is the author? What is their expertise?
  • What year was it published? Are you looking for recent scholarship or is the publication date not important for your topic?
  • Who is the publisher? What kinds of materials do they tend to publish?

How to evaluate online information: SIFT

  • STOP reminds you of two things.
    • First, when you first hit a page or post and start to read it — STOP.
    • Ask yourself whether you know the website or source of the information, and what the reputation of both the claim and the website is
  • Investigate the source
    • ..the idea here is that you want to know what you’re reading before you read it
  • Find trusted coverage
    • Sometimes .... You care about the claim the article is making. You want to know if it is true or false. You want to know if it represents a consensus viewpoint, or if it is the subject of much disagreement.
    • In this case, your best strategy may be to ignore the source that reached you, and look for trusted reporting or analysis on the claim.
  • Trace claims, quotes, and media back to the original context.
    • Much of what we find on the internet has been stripped of context. ..In these cases we’ll have you trace the claim, quote, or media back to the source, so you can see it in it’s original context and get a sense if the version you saw was accurately presented.

It’s about REcontextualizing

There’s a theme that runs through all of these moves: they are about reconstructing the necessary context to read, view, or listen to digital content effectively.