Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources
As I was researching for background knowledge there were a few key words that I used in order to make my research easier.
Antique: This was the first thing that I looked up because if I search for antique, I would be able to get some very basic knowledge about what an antique is.
Collectible: After I knew what an antique was, I thought that it would be important to know the difference between an antique and a collectible, and sure enough, I did.
Antique and Collectible Interesting: After I knew what the two words were, and their similarities and differences I added the word 'interesting' at the end because the best way to find fun facts about anything is just to add the word 'interesting' at the end.
Yuxi Blue and White: I wanted to learn a bit more about a specific type of antique that is also relevant to us, so I decided to investigate very simply what Yuxi Blue and White is.
I got lots of my other sources from other Microcampus Students' Phase 3 workspace.
During my research, there were definitely times where I did not check the validity of the information I was writing down as I was writing it down. A few facts that I have, I am almost positive are correct because multiple sources agree on it. An example of this would be how four sources agree that an antique must exceed 100 years of age to be considered an antique. Another part of my research is made up of partial opinion so it is very hard for it to be considered wrong since it is the voice of someone on something as opposed to fact.
After that, I have to start checking the validity of individual sources which involves multiple steps. Firstly, I have to find who the author is. Using the article written by Britannica, it is very easy to find the author, given the fact that their name is written on the top. On the article by Koh Antique, however, you have to click the 'Contact Me' button in order to find the author. Then you have to find the last time the article was edited in order to see the timeliness of the article. Using the example of Britannica again, you can see the history of the article at the bottom, and see when it was last edited. Another very good sign of a trustworthy article is if it cites the sources it uses because then you know where they got their information from and can use those sources, too.
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