3. Evaluating Information 1 - recommended

3. Evaluating Information 1
Monday, 7 September 2020, 12:20 PM



Academic texts (and research) should be based on credible information. How do we know about credible information? Can we trust nowadays information found on the Internet? How do you respond to that?


Take a look at this page called Evaluating Internet Resources (here). Also, take a look at the videos below:


- How to Spot Fake News here 



- Why people fall for misinformation - here



- How to choose your news - here




- How fake news can spread - here



Share your comments relating that with using sources in your academic writings. Also share other materials or webpages you found relevant on the topic.


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by Pedro Ricardo Bin (18101609) - Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 5:42 PM

Specially in the past few months we have seen how misinformation can damage people's life. Thus, it is important to learn how to navigate on internet and find reliable/credible information. Databases such as Web of Science, Science Direct, or even BU UFSC website is full of credible information. However such information is not accessible to lay people. On that matter, scientific dissemination is even more necessary to share scientific research and credible information to society. Scientific dissemination is another task that researchers need to learn how to do, since science is not seen as credible as it was seen in the past.


This is the link to Fiocruz scientific dissemination online course. It is an interesting course to learn more about scientific communication and how to do it: https://campusvirtual.fiocruz.br/gestordecursos/hotsite/divulgacao-cientifica-mooc.


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by Celso Henrique Soufen Tumolo - Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 7:04 PM



Yes, that is very right!

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by Leticia Anny Gellert (18101601) - Thursday, 8 October 2020, 6:27 PM

Misinformation has been haunting the lives of almost every human being as we are now constantly thinking if something we see on the Internet is true or not. It's not so difficult to become a victim of the so called fake news, sometimes even in academic writings.

When writing an assignment or other kinds of academic work, it is advisable to look for information in academic journals, as articles are peer-reviewed before publication, and/or publications from renowned authors in your area. Working with these sources increase crediability to your paper. Simply using Google and clicking on a few links that don't even mention the author's name is not something a college student should consider doing, not to mention that no one would accept an academic paper without scholarly sources. 

Speaking of scholarly sources, here's a video about the differences between scholarly sources and popular sources. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN8S4CbzGXU&feature=emb_logo

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by Celso Henrique Soufen Tumolo - Friday, 9 October 2020, 3:00 PM



Yes, Very good suggestion of video on the difference of popular and scholarly sources.

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by Luciana dos Santos (18101604) - Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 5:11 PM

Misinformation and vague referencing are issues that have always been around. With the advent of the internet, it became easier to find information and, consequently, spread it. Fake news has shown how powerful and harmful it can be, influencing elections and, as is noticeable nowadays, making a global health crisis worse. As college students, we need to be careful with the information we read and mention in academic texts. And as citizens, we must also be attentive and responsible when sharing other authors' information online. The lack of time to search for reliable sources and read carefully may lead us to fall on fake news or articles with no trustworthy authority. Misinformation has always been around, but we can train ourselves to uncloak it.
As a recommendation, I thought of this video by John Green (yes, the author of The Fault in Our Stars), where he teaches how to assess the sources of information we find on the internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o93pM-b97HI