Thursday, October 6, 2011

Give Bad Sources a CAPOW



Today was the first day back after our two class break, due to conferences. Welcome back!! As our rhetorical analysis assignment is coming to an end, our lecture today consisted of learning how to find accurate sources for future assignments. If you visit the class website, you can click on the “link” page to find more information about “finding information.” One of the first helpful pages is Concept Mapping. In short, this link provides a quick step by step process for creating a research plan; identify key terms, make a search statement, and make different variations (reword) for what you want you research so you have multiple views and more ideas. There is also a Web Search Strategies page that gives you a few tips on a more efficient way to research. The primary message of this tutorial was BE SPECIFIC! While surfing the web, you can be more specific and reduce your results simply by putting quotations around your topic OR hyphenate any word that could potentially have multiple meanings. You will also find a page about using Wikipedia. This link is not implying that you should use the information from this site in research (because it cannot be appropriately cited due to the endless amount of authors), but can be helpful as a starting point to your planning process. Last but not least was “CAPOW.” This is an acronym you can further learn from clicking on the Website Evaluation link. CAPOW is a helpful hint toward selecting “good” resources and stands for Currency, Authority, Purpose, Objectivity, and Writing Style. These sites will not only help for researching our next project, but it will be a guide toward other research as well.      

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