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CAS 120 - Interpersonal Communication (Johnson)

This guide provides resources to support the CAS 120 course and assignments.

Looking at Two Sources With a Critical Eye

Feline Responses to Bearded Men 

1. What is the purpose of this site?

2. Who is/are the author (s)? (Check contact information.) How do you determine the author's authority?

3. What might the goals of the authors be in doing this research?

4. Can you find outside information about the authority of the author? (Searching Google for the author's name may yield more information to help you determine this.)

5. What organization is the sponsor of this site? (Try going to the home page for an "about" link. What information can you find by reviewing the home page of the organization. Is there a mission or purpose statement?)

6. What does the URL tell you. Is there a bias? Is this a personal page or does the information represent the aims of the organization? 

7. Go to www.register.com Whois Lookup under "Domains" to check the URL of the website you are checking. There are a number of Whois lookup sites that help you to determine hoax sites. 

Other possible Whois Lookup sites: 

Go Daddy

Whois.com

Hoax Site List: 

Looking at Two Sources With a Critical Eye

In pairs work together and using the criteria we created determine the usefulness of these two sources: 

1/ History of Cosmetics by SK Chaudhri and NK JAIN

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2/ Good Grooming: Of Beards and Men/True Style by Matthew Schneier

1. What is the purpose of this site or article? What might the goals of the authors be in doing this research?

2. Who is/are the author (s)? (Check contact information.) How do you determine the author's authority?

3. Can you find outside information about the authority of the author? (Searching Google for the author's name may yield more information to help you determine this.)

4. What organization is the sponsor of this site? What do you know about the sponsor prior to now? (Google the title. What can you discover about the source? What information can you find by reviewing the home page of the organization. Is there a mission or purpose statement? What is the reputation of the source? How long has it been in existence? )

5. What is the scope of the information provided?

6. What does the list of resources used tell you about the article?

7. What does "open source" mean? Is it a good or bad thing?

EXTRA: 8. Go to www.register.com Whois Lookup tunder "Domains" to check the URL of the website you are checking. There are a number of Whois lookup sites that help you to determine hoax sites. 

Other possible Whois Lookup sites: 

Go Daddy

Whois.com