Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.
How to identify good and legitimate dog articles:
When you are reading about dogs, dog articles, and you are reading about articles especially as it pertains to any type of dog not just pit bull type dog, you want to make sure of that this person is qualified. And what that means is that you want to make sure, they don’t have to have a college education per say, they don’t have to necessarily be a professor or an author, but you want to make sure that they are listing sources that aren’t just blogs. They are not listing sources that are just websites, but these are the sources that come from a scientific background. You want to make sure that you are looking at things like peer-reviewed studies. And that doesn’t mean your friends just looked over your paper and that counts us peer reviewed because it doesn’t. That is imperative that’s especially as we are talking about behavior and important things like these beautiful dogs and the laws affect them.
How to find good articles and information online:
- Pay attention to the domain of the website. They should own their site and not be a copycat of another site.
- Read the “about us” section. Where did this person get their experience and what is their education? Are his/her credentials listed (occupation, years of experience, position or education)?
- Is the author qualified to write on the given topic? Why?
- Pay attention to the quotes and who said them. Are they researchers, behaviorists, dog trainers? Are they facts or opinion based?
- If the author is with an organization, does it appear to support or sponsor the page?
- Know the purpose of the site: Inform or Teach? Explain or Enlighten? Persuade? Sell a Product?
How to evaluate internet resources:
From Georgetown University Library
Is it objective?
- Is the information covered fact, opinion, or propaganda?
- Is the author’s point-of-view objective and impartial?
- Is the language free of emotion-arousing words and bias?
- Is the author affiliated with an organization? Does the author’s affiliation with an institution or organization appear to bias the information?
- Does the content of the page have the official approval of the institution, organization, or company?
Is it accurate?
- Are the sources for factual information clearly listed so that the information can be verified?
- Is it clear who has the ultimate responsibility for the accuracy of the content of the material?
- Can you verify any of the information in independent sources or from your own knowledge?
- Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
- Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors?
Is it reliable and credible?
- Why should anyone believe information from this site?
- Does the information appear to be valid and well-researched, or is it unsupported by evidence?
- Are quotes and other strong assertions backed by sources that you could check through other means?
- What institution (company, government, university, etc.) supports this information? If it is an institution, have you heard of it before? Can you find more information about it?
- Is there a non-Web equivalent of this material that would provide a way of verifying its legitimacy?
How current is the information?
- If timeliness of the information is important, is it kept up-to-date?
- Is there an indication of when the site was last updated?
- Are links related to the topic and useful to the purpose of the site?
- Are links still current, or have they become dead ends?
- What kinds of sources are linked?
- Are the links evaluated or annotated in any way?
Note: The quality of Web pages linked to the original Web page may vary; therefore, you must always evaluate each Web site independently.
PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.