This time of year, as the seasons begin their slow shift towards cooler weather, I notice that I become rather contemplative. Personally, I love fall. There is something about the crisp air and the smell of dirt that speaks to me. I love watching the changing leaves set the countryside ablaze as I curl up … Continue reading Homemade Caramel Corn
In my last Source Evaluation Series post, we covered sources and accuracy of information appearing on the American Lung Association website*. Today, we will look at the realism of claims. While somewhat related to source accuracy and validity of data, it does require a slightly different approach. If someone were to offer a diet pill … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 6: Realism of Claims
Last Monday, we focused on funding sources and their function as a possible conflict of interest. The American Lung Association has a reputation as a credible source of information on lung health and contains many references to their own research and findings. However, it is possible to conduct research of peer-reviewed journal articles and see … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 5: Sources and Accuracy of Information Provided
When I was in high school, my doctor diagnosed me with asthma. I suppose that it was helpful that I had an asthma attack while in the office. Up until that time, I just figured the symptoms I had were a symptom of LEO (low exercise output). Shortly after my diagnosis, I remember visiting my … Continue reading Throw Back Thursday: Asthma Cigarettes
Last Monday, we examined how to decide if an organization wants anything from the visitors to their site. This week’s post focuses on funding sources and their function as a possible conflict of interest. All websites receive funding from somewhere, whether this is from an individual running the site, donations, a corporate entity, or a … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 4: Who is Paying for the Site?
In last Monday's post, we explored the American Lung Association's background. In today's post, we will examine if the organization wants anything from the visitors to their site. While most websites are relatively benign, it is essential to realize that some seemingly well-researched websites have an agenda. Upon further examination of the site, you may … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 3: What Do They Want from You?
Last Monday, we discussed a list of questions one should answer when evaluating a source. Today's post answers the following questions: • Who runs the site? • Why have they created the site? These questions should be easy to determine. Look at the home page for an organization/individual name. Most sites contain an “About” or … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 2: Who Runs the Site & What is the Purpose