Evaluating Online Resources: Animals in the Amazon Rainforest (updated 10-2018)
Information literacy topics:
-Determining best sources
-Searching strategies for information
-Using technology tools
Objective: To learn to find relevant and reliable open web research sources, to evaluate these sources for reliability, and to use appropriate technology tools.
1.Go to activity guide online at:
Amity website→High School→AHS Library Information Center
Find Online Stuff→By Subject→World Language→Class Projects→Mirci→Spanish III-1→Finding and Evaluating Open Web Sources
2. Individual Analysis:
We have all heard about the gradual destruction and degradation of the Amazon rainforest, which in Spanish is often referred to as “los pulmones de la tierra”. Your goal is to find as much reliable information as you can about the threats to wildlife in the Amazon.
Skim this document. Look at the beginning and the end of the document, as well as the web information.
2.b. Respond to this statement. You have 3 minutes:
“This web resource has been judged to offer credible information that is appropriate for academic research. Find at least 3 reasons to show that this is true.”
3. Share reasons why this website is appropriate for research (why the information here can be trusted).
4. Brainstorm and list various search terms from a topic sentence.
“The cumulative effects of deforestation and other industrial and development activities in the Amazon are leading to the loss of habitat that is responsible for placing more animals at risk of extinction.”
-Think of key words or common expressions specific to the topic
-Think of synonyms:
-Think of the most important terms:
-Think of terms that might sometimes be too limiting:
-Use “...” for phrases, ANDs, ORs, and parenthesis to structure search
Sample search: Amazon, animals, extinction
5. Practice: Search for a reliable research site, identifying the following information on this FORM. The source does NOT have to be reliable; all that matters is evaluating it thoroughly.
Sample Search Results: Reliable Source
The premier organization for animal protection in the world, the WWF gives a great overview of the situation in the Amazon, with species-specific information under the main tabs.
Panda.org: The Amazon (from the World Wildlife Fund)
A sub-site of the World Wildlife Fund, Panda has information specifically about animals under “Species” in the left-hand sidebar.
Sample Search Results: Good, but less authoritative Source
While centered around media work to bring attention to the need to protect the Amazon, and thus not a science-based organization, this non-profit organization still has some interesting, if not fully authoritative, resources on different species. Look under “Resources”.
Another non-profit, its work is outlined in individual projects in different areas of the world. Look under the different “Projects” under “Our Work”.
Finding and Evaluating Open Web Sources: Student Notes
Evaluation Criteria for Web Sources
-Who created it? Is this person (or organization) a qualified, reputable, expert? Is she authoritative (reliable)?
-What is the information like? Is it accurate, giving complete coverage, well-written, well-organized? Does it cite its sources? Are those sources reliable?
-Where is the information from? Where is the site stored? Remember that just having a page stored in a university does not mean the university backs your information.
-Why was the information or site created? Was the goal to present information objectively in a balanced way? If it aims to convince, does it address different points of view? Do the presenters have an identifiable political, ideological, or commercial goal that might slant their information?
-When was it created? Is it current? (sometimes currency/recent is not important)
-Conclusion: reliable for your purpose? YES/NO?
Where do I find this information:
Who -- Look in and follow-up people and organizations in:
About / Contact / “byline” (credits) / bottom of page / sidebars /
What -- Read and analyze content information in:
Titles / Text / Citations and References
Where -- Look in and follow-up on site and organization information in:
About / Contact / URL / Domain name
Why -- Look in and follow-up on author, site, and organization information in:
When -- Look in:
bottom of page / sidebars / subtitle / “byline” (credits)
El podcast Nómadas es uno de los más populares del mundo hispanohablante. Está ubicado en la RTVE, que es la emisora nacional de radio y televisión de España.
En un principio se trata del turismo, pero es mucho más que esto, porque además de información que puede ser útil para los viajeros, indaga en las culturas de los sitios más interesantes del mundo, como La Patagonia, Milano, Hanói. La emisora lo llama «un gran viaje virtual lleno de voces, ruidos y músicas que permiten construir en la imaginación lugares, rostros, aromas y sabores».
Buenos Días América es un programa de La Voz de América. Sus programas de noticias ofrecen un contenido variado acerca de los temas más relevantes en Estados Unidos y toda Latinoamericana.
La Prensa Internacional
Gracias a la interconectividad de las redes digitales, hoy en día tenemos disponibles en la Web una riqueza de recursos que ofrecen enlaces con la prensa de todos los países del mundo.
En general estas webs no ofrecen el cien por cien del contenido que tiene la versión pagada del mismo periódico o revista, pero dan la posibilidad de ver las portadas, y leer muchos de los artículos que contienen.
Spanish-speaking Countries: Tourism Resources
Ministerio de turismo: Official bureau of tourism
Argentina por vos: Additional government-sanctioned site
Bolivia te espera: Official bureau of tourism
Bolivia en tus manos: commercial site
Chile Travel: Official bureau of tourism
Welcome Chile: commercial site
Esencial Costa Rica: Official bureau of tourism
Cuba Travel: Official bureau of tourism
Turismo de Cuba: (commercial?) website intended for South American travelers
Republica Dominicana: Official bureau of tourism
Turismo Santo Domingo: commercial site
Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea
Ecuador Travel: Official bureau of tourism
Visita Ecuador: commercial site
El Salvador Impressive: Official bureau of tourism
Turismo en El Salvador: commercial site
Guatemala: Official bureau of tourism
Explorando Guatemala: commercial site
Honduras Travel: Official bureau of tourism
Honduras Tips: commercial site??
Visit México: Official bureau of tourism
Turismo en México: commercial site
Visita Nicaragua: Official bureau of tourism
CasaCubanaGranada: commercial site
Visit Panama: Official bureau of tourism, under construction as of 9-2015
Panama Tourism: commercial site
Paraguay: Secretaria Nacional de Turismo: Official bureau of tourism
Paraguay.com: commercial site
Peru Travel: Official bureau of tourism
Turismo Peru: commercial site
See Puerto Rico: Commercial, but seems to be sanctioned by the official bureau of tourism
Para dónde voy?: commercial site
Spain Info: Official bureau of tourism
Todo sobre España: commercial site
Uruguay Natural: Official bureau of tourism
Turismo de Uruguay: commercial site
Venezuela vacaciones 2015: Part of the official bureau of tourism
Venezuela la tuya: commercial site
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