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RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

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    WIKIPEDIA: PROS & CONS

    Pros Cons
    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
    Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- the people's encyclopedia! Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- no one checks their credentials or agendas

    GOOGLE SEARCH TOOLS

    • Try Google News to limit to online newspapers
    • Try Google Scholar (below) to limit to scholarly sources


     

    EVALUATING WEBSITES

    Consider the Source - 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?

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

    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?

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