FOR WEBSITES CONSIDER...
Consider the source - Use recognized authorities. 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? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency - Look for a date. Is the information current?
Beware of bias - What is the purpose? Who is the sponsor? Who pays for the site?
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2014
MLA CITATION: WEBSITES
- Pew Research Center - nonpartisan research reports
- Public Policy Institute of California - nonpartisan research reports on California Poverty in California
- Rand - nonpartisan research reports
- Santa Cruz County Assessment Project (2014) - data from surveys and community organizations on quality of life in Santa Cruz from the United Way
WIKIPEDIA: 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|