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English 120: Clay Williams

Guide for English 120 classes.

Types of Information Sources

There are so many types of information you can use for your research that are not just magazines, books or websites. The link below does a great job explaining a lot of these sources and how they are best used:

http://www.lib.vt.edu/help/research/info-sources.html

Evaluating Web sites

It's important to be critical when using websites. Make sure the information is reliable and it comes from a credible source. The website below will show you how to evaluate a website.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

(From UC Berkeley)

This web site will show you how to evaluate a web site.

Questions to consider:

What can the URL tell you?

Who wrote the page?

When was the page last updated?

What are authors' credentials?

Are sources documented with footnotes?

Does it link from other pages?

 


Is it a good resource?

Or is it CRAP? Use this simple acronym (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose/Point of View) and guide for help evaluating sources, no matter where you find them.

Peer Review in 5 minutes

Identifying Primary Sources