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ART 222 / 223 - Art History: Evaluating Resources

Art History I & II

ART 222 / 223

Class Guide: Resources for Research

Tools for Fact Checking & Determining Bias

Information Timeline

Sources Television, Web, Radio
Characteristics Basic facts. Information is shared during the event or immediately following the event. Details may be sparse, biased, and/or unsubstantiated. Updates and corrections to information are made in subsequent posts (often hours later or the next day).
Type of Information General
Author Journalists (not specialists in the field of study); General public
Audience General public
Locating Tools Web search engines, social networks
Examples Twitter, Facebook, various blogs, KBUT Community Radio, local news programs on ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.

 

Sources Newspapers, television, radio, web
Characteristics General facts. Details may still be sparse, biased, and/or unsubstantiated. May include more geographical and background information. Also tends to include a few more details about the identities of key people and historical relevance. More accurate than previous reports because details have begun to be verified.
Type of Information Varies. Some articles include analysis, statistics, photographs, editorials, and opinions.
Author Journalists (not specialists in the field of study)
Audience General public
Locating Tools Web search engines, newspapers, periodical databases
Examples New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, http://abcnews.go.com/, NPR, etc.

 

Sources Popular and mass market magazines
Characteristics General facts. Details may still be sparse, biased, and/or unsubstantiated. May include more geographical and background information. Also tends to include more details about the identities of key people and historical relevance. More accurate than previous reports because details have begun to be verified.
Type of Information General, editorial, opinions, statistics, photographs, still in reporting (not deep investigation/refection) stage.
Author Journalists (not specialists in the field of study)
Audience General public to the knowledgeable layperson
Locating Tools Web search engines, print magazines, periodical databases
Examples Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Nation, National Review, etc.

 

Sources Trade magazines and scholarly journals
Characteristics Articles written and reviewed by experts in a field. Often presents new research in the area.
Type of Information Research results, detailed and theoretical discussion. Bibliography included.
Author Specialists and scholars in the field
Audience Scholars, specialists, students
Locating Tools General and subject-specific databases
Examples Music Educators Journal, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Journal of Chemical Education, etc.

 

Sources Scholarly journals, books, conference proceedings. Reference sources such as encyclopedias.
Characteristics Includes deep research, hindsight, secondary analysis, and very specific details of the events, people, and places.
Type of Information In-depth coverage of a topic, edited compilations of scholarly articles relating to a topic. Bibliography included.
Author Specialists and scholars in the field
Audience General public, scholars, specialists, students
Locating Tools Library catalog, general and subject-specific databases, reference sources
Examples Encyclopedia Britannica, published conference proceedings, various books, Journal of Terrorism Research, Engineering Journal, etc.

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