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Dunwoody Dental Hygiene: 4. Accuracy

Research Tools

Accuracy

No one fact-checks most websites, except for their creators, so making sure the information is accurate is up to you. You can check information from websites against information from other websites, books, journal articles in GSU Library databases, what you learn in class, and by talking to your teachers and librarians.

Which of the following statements is true about the website you are evaluating? The more green checks a website has the more reliable a source it will be. 

 

     The source seems "off the wall" or the source contains poor grammar or numerous spelling errors or no sources mentioned.

http://png-5.findicons.com/files/icons/766/base_software/128/warning.png   Zero or few other sources back up the information.

http://png-5.findicons.com/files/icons/766/base_software/128/warning.png   Sources of information are mentioned but, not formally cited.  No bibliography or references included. You might be able to check these sources, with additional research.

   Information is supported by scientific evidence (original research or review of previous research on the topic) and can be verified by information from other sources.

   The information is formally cited (bibliography, references, or footnotes) from an industry approved source. You would easily be able to check these sources using the citations.

   The information is formally cited and from a peer reviewed, academic, or professional source. You would easily be able to check these sources using citations, or the information is a primary source itself.

Test Your Skills

Would you use either of these websites as references for a research assignment based on the accuracy criteria?

Yes: 1 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 1

 

 

Yes: 0 votes (0%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 0