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You don’t have to be at school to access the database. You are already a member! If you have the URL, your user id, and password, you are good to go!
Oak Hall has access to three databases. You will want to choose the Student Research Center for most of your middle school projects.
There is a SAVE option for your results. This is helpful if you are managing two or more resources.
Learning how to search effectively saves you time and hassle.
While we may want to google everything and then use Wikipedia to write our papers, you need to know that Google doesn’t check the reliability of its sources. Any Joe Schmo can create a webpage. And he can even put false information on the page! So it PAYS to be skeptical. There’s a helpful acronym to use to evaluate website: AAOCC.
The first A is for Authority. Are they qualified? The second A is for Accuracy. Is it accurate and reliable? The O is for objectivity? Are the authors trying to sell you a product? Are they biased? Is the website a prank site? A joke site? The first C is for currency? Is this information up to date? The last C is for Coverage. Is the information complete? Is it written so you can understand it?
Using the ebsc ohost research databases revised 2014
Using the EBSCOhost
PRINT AND SAVE AND CITE
ACCESSING EBSCOHOST RESEARCH
DATABASES FROM ANYWHERE
Step 1 – Navigate to EBSCO database.
There are several ways to go to the databases:
The first is through the Oak Hall website and library catalogue
click on Digital
Resources links on
left of page
Click on Oak Hall
School Library link
On Home tab, click
Click on Follett
Enter User Name:
Access from the Oak Hall Middle and Upper School Library Wiki
Click on Digital
Resources links on
left of page.
Click on Oak Hall
Middle and Upper
School Wiki link
Click on Ms. Poole’s
Access from search.ebscohost.com
Enter User Name: oakhall school and Password: library
You can also access the databases through Edline
Google Guide to Evaluating Resources
• Sure Google is fast and returns tons of results, but not all
resources on Google are good ones.
• Even Google admits this is true!
• If you use Google, evaluate your results carefully.
• Anyone can
– Create pages
– Exchange ideas
– Copy, falsify, or omit information intentionally or
• Many people publish pages to get you to buy something or
accept a point of view. Google makes no effort to discover or
eliminate unreliable material.
• So be
. It pays to be
• Consider Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Currency, Coverage
(AAOCC) when evaluating a website.
• All of the above applies to Wikipedia.
• Authority Who are the authors? Are they qualified? Are they believable?
With whom are they associated? Do their associates affect their
Who is the publisher? What is the publisher’s reputation?
• Accuracy Is the information accurate? Is it reliable and error-free?
Are the interpretations and conclusions reasonable?
Is there evidence to support conclusions? Is the evidence verifiable?
Do the authors properly list their sources, references or citations with
dates, page numbers or web addresses, etc.?
• Objectivity What is the purpose? What do the authors want to accomplish?
Does this purpose affect the presentation?
Is there an implied or obvious bias?
Is the information fact, opinion, a spoof (a joke), or a prank?
• Currency Is the information current? Is it still valid?
When was the site last updated?
Is the site well-maintained? Are there any broken links?
• Coverage Is the information relevant to your topic and assignment?
What is the intended audience?
Is the material presented at an appropriate level?
Is the information complete? Is it unique? www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENGI/eval_criteria.html