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Evaluating Websites

Consider the source--Use recognized authorities.  Can you identify the author?  Know who is responsible for the content.

Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal.  Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?  Does it have spelling errors?  Is it trying to sell you something?  

Look for the evidence--Rely on research, not opinion.  Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?

Check for currency--Look for the latest information  Is the information current?

Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?

Protect your privacy--Does the site have a privacy policy and tell you what information they collect?

Adapted from:  MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2013




InfoPlease   Browse by A-Z list of famous African-Americans, or by category of achievement.

Biography Includes biography, history & culture, video

Voices from the Gaps VG/Voices from the Gaps in 1996 to uncover, highlight, and share the works of marginalized artists, predominately women writers of color living and working in North America. Search the collection by: author’s name, title of the work, time period in which the author lived, or the ethnicity.  The Academy of American Poets. Occasions, themes, forms, schools & movements. Browse Poems and Poets. Search by:  poems & poets > themes > America or Americana.

Poetry Foundation  Articles, Video, Audio & Podcasts. Browse Poems and Poets. Poetry Out Loud.



Wikipedias: Pros & Cons

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Worlds largest encyclopedia with millions of entries on obscure topics Articles are not edited or peer-reviewed
Great place to start & identify keywords

Many instructors will not allow Wikipedia citations because they are not not edited or reviewed

Updated regularly, sometimes by the second Articles get vandalized for ideological reasons or just for fun
Can include excellent references & external links Can be skewed or biased -- based on authors interests, beliefs, opinions
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