For this particular class and this particular assignment the goal of the session is to point you to Zondervan Library tools and resources. So we won't be using Google today. But the CARS evaluation criteria is a good way to assess whether or not to use any source: books, journals, magazines or web sites.
Using Zondervan Library tools and resources. Why? The content is reliable and the statistics are solid.
Here is an easy way to remember what to look for when evaluating the information that you find. These questions will help you assess what you might find most useful. CARS: Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support
Credibility. Is this source trustworthy? What are the author’s credentials? Is he or she known or a respected authority on this topic? Is there evidence of quality control? Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.
Accuracy. Is the informatio up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive? What is the intended audience and purpose? Does it reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.
Reasonableness. Is the presentation fair, balanced, objective, reasoned? Can you find that the author has no conflict of interest? Is there an absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.
Support: Does this information provide background sources or references? Is there contact information for the author? Are claims supported, documentated and corroborated?. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (that is are you able to find at least two other sources (non web) that support it).
taken from Virtual Salt. Robert Harris http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm
Statistical sources provide specific data points that add interest and support to your topic.There are some excellent statistical sources both print and web. Here are some suggestions:
Using Library tools and resources you are assured of reliable content and solidly researched statistics.