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FYS 100 - Sharks! (Prof. Merson)

A selection of information tools and strategies for Sharks! and beyond.....
Subjects: Biology, First Year Seminar

If You're on the Open Net - get your 'skeptic' on


..If you plan to use open/free resources found on the internet for an academic task, question the source and verify the data/information.

..A few tips:

..Authority & reliability: remember to check the "About us" file or "Mission" statement to find out who's running the show and verify that the editor/author/organization has some expertise in the subject being presented.

..Credibility: facts presented that cannot be corroborated in other sources should be treated as suspect.

..Bias: not always obvious.  Everyone knows that a 'dot com' is a commercial site that is probably trying to sell you something.  But people, organizations, governments, and other entities also "sell" ideas: believe our story; see it OUR way; these are The Facts (or at least the ones WE like and we'll just ignore the others).  Be aware that persuasion and advocacy are forms of bias: even worthy organizations like the American Cancer Society are trying to persuade you to their way of thinking.

When searching in Google, consider adding "site:edu" or "site:gov" or "site:org" to restrict your results to colleges & universities, or the US government, or non-commercial organizations.

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