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This guide is created for classes who are attending library instruction sessions at the University of Calgary

Trying out what we learned

Lets review some websites to make sure we are using good, authoritative sources! When working on your assigned sites please keep in mind the CARS checklist for website evaluation:

Credibility / Accuracy / Reasonableness / Support

1. Pembina Institute

2. The Official City-Mankato.US Home Page

3. Dog Island

4. DeSmogBlog

5. Feline Reactions

6. Ladonia


Evaluating a News Source:

When evaluating the news source that has been assigned to you please answer the following questions:

1. What kind of content is being covered in this source?

2. Do the articles cite their "evidence" within their text? Please list if they provide evidence to support their claims either from a person, a document, an expert, other credible organizations or news sources. 

3. How current is the content on the site? How current are the "news" topics covered?

4. Do any of the news stories present a clear bias?

5. Does the news source overall present a clear bias?

6. What is missing from this news source, if anything? 

7. Can you tell from looking at the source how "authoritative" their journalists are? If yes how did you figure this out? 

8. When reading the news we should be learning something. Looking at the front page of the source in front of you are they covering stories you think you need to learn and understand?

Based on: Six questions that will tell you what media to trust



Reading List: Book or Journal?

Baker, Peter S. Introduction to Old English. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. ISBN: 0-631-23454-3.

Pritchett, Lant (1997): “Divergence, Big Time", Journal of Economic Perspectives (Summer), 3 - 18.

Arrow, Kenneth J. and Mordecai Kurz (1970): Public Investment, the Rate of Return, and Optimal Fiscal Policy, The Johns Hopkins Press (chapter 2).

Hayashi, Fumio (1982): “Tobin's Marginal and Average: A Neoclassical Interpretation", Econometrica (January), 213 – 224.

Mankiw, N. Gregory (1995): "The Growth of Nations", Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 1, 275 – 326

Shimer, Robert (2005): “The Cyclical Behavior of Equilibrium Unemployment and Vacancies", American Economic Review 95, 25 - 49.

Olson, Mancur (1996): "Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations are Rich, and Others Poor",

Journal of Economic Perspectives (Spring), 3-24.

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