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Education Assistant Certificate

Selected resources for students in the Education Assistant Certificate courses

Welcome

Welcome! This guide is an introduction to  resources which may be useful for students in Education Assistant Certificate courses at Okanagan College. 

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Many of the online resources included in this guide are licensed for use by students and employees of Okanagan College. You must authenticate to use those licensed resources. Log in with your myOkanagan username and password when prompted.

 Books and DVDs which are not located at your Okanagan College campus library may be requested in the Library's catalogue. 

Evaluating Sources

The Internet and the Library make it is easy to find information, but it is more difficult to identify sources you can rely on. Evaluate your sources carefully to ensure you've selected material that is trustworthy and appropriate for your assignment. 

Use this chart to help you evaluate your sources:

 

 

Scholarly Academic Publication

Popular Publications

Author

Written by an expert in the field of study (an academic or trained specialist) Written by those without expertise in the field (a member of the public or journalist) or no author is stated 

Date

Date of publication is provided Popular publications, especially WWW publications, often do not give a date of publication

Publisher

Colleges/Universities, professional associations, scholarly publishers + research institutes    Commercial for-profit publishers or members of the public

Purpose

To report on experiments, theories, case studies + other research    To sell advertised products, inform, promote a point of view or entertain

Editing

Peer review by experts in the field Review by a generalist (a magazine editor) or no review

Documentation

Sources used in the author's research are cited in a reference list or footnotes    Sources are rarely cited or are inaccurate

Other

Accurate spelling + grammar, few advertisements, logical + well written

Spelling + grammar errors may occur, many advertisements, poor or variable writing quality

(Modified, original source UBC Library

 

For more information on evaluating information sources, see:

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