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Evaluating research sources for your PAT

Once you have composed the research questions in Phase 1 of your PAT you must find resources that contain information regarding each research question. These sources must be evaluated, the intention is that you ensure that your research is based on “quality” information.

You are required to evaluate 3 of your sources – two website sources and one source that is not a website. The Learner Guide provides you with examples of how to lay the information out in a table:

CRITERIA MOTIVATION/EXPLANATION
AuthorityThe ‘validity’ or ‘credentials’ of the publisher or author(s)
– who is this person: a scientist, doctor, professor?
CurrencyThe date on which the material was published or updated
AccuracyThe correspondence of the information with other sources
ObjectivityAny presence of prejudice, bias, skewing of information, et cetera
CoverageHow extensively the material covers the topic
Sample table

Sometimes this information is not readily available in the source material. If for example the date on which a webpage is created or last updated does not appear on the page, inspect the source code, and check to see if the relevant date exists in the meta tags.

Metadata

  1. Open the webpage in Chrome
  2. Right-click on the page & click on the “View page source” option.
  3. Press CNTRL+F on the keyboard to search the source code for meta tags:
    • search for: date
    • search for: author

Your search might then return the following commonly used meta tags:

<meta name=“author” content=“Another Learner”>
<meta name=“description” content=“Grade 12 PAT website for Computer Applications Technology”>

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