3. Evaluating Web Sites: Connect these dots
The dots are factors you should consider when trying to decide whether a web site is:
- A relevant source of information (Is it truly about your topic and from
the right time period?)
- A credible source of information (Is there sufficient reason to believe it's accurate?)
When professors say they're trying to help their students become critical thinkers, part of what they mean is that they want you to make a habit of always considering--making inferences about - the sources of the information you use. That habit is a mark of an educated person. If college works for you, you'll get better at making inferences about your sources as you move from freshman to senior.
You make inferences or study inferences in your course work all the time. For instance, much of what you learn in your science classes and others is about what scholars have been able to infer from data and observations that they can't study more directly, including, for example:
- The characteristics of some astronomical features in the universe
- What writers had in mind when creating literary characters and situations
- Whether attitudes and behavior are linked and, if so, how closely
- What extinct animals used to eat and how they behaved
- What about a statistical sample you studied can also be inferred about a whole population
Share your thoughts on this topic. Double click below and give a topic area (title) and then your inferences.
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