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Online Research

Websites can be used for references in papers just like articles, or books.  Maybe you've been given instructions to find websites that are "scholarly".  While websites aren't scholarly in the same way that books or articles are, you DO want to make sure the websites you use have information that is current, relevant, accurate, reliable, and unbiased, and put online by someone who knows what they're talking about.  Use this guide to find out how to check your websites for credibility!

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Why do websites end in .com, .org, .edu, or .gov? Find out how to search Google for each type.

Scott Schiller, 2009,

Example Websites

Put your evaluation knowledge to the test with these example website sources.

epSos .de, 2012,

Open Access

Free collections of resources online - including some scholarly research articles.

biblioteekje, 2009,


Learn the basics of evaluating a website with the CRAAP test - it's not as bad as it sounds!

Enokson, 2010,

Fake News

Find out more about fake news and how to spot biases and misleading information in news media.

Stuart Rankin, 2017,

Picture Permissions

All licensed for use under Creative Commons 

Lateral Reading/SIFT

Go outside the source to evaluate it in context using lateral reading and the SIFT (The Four Moves) method.

Rosa G., 2011,

Wikipedia References

"NO WIKIPEDIA" says the assignment, but the information there might lead to websites you CAN use.

mikeedesign, 2008,

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