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Evaluating Websites

Here are some tips for determining bias:

  1. Go to the About Us or Contact Us section of the website to find out who publishes the site and other information such as where the organization is located and its purpose or mission. 
  2. Go to the Resources or Links pages to see what other sites the site recommends viewing or what organizations the site promotes.
  3. Google the author or organization to find out if the organization has been in the news.
  4. Ask a librarian or teacher to see if they know about a particular site or organization.
Always evaluate websites for information quality and reliability because anyone with a bit of knowledge about computers and the Internet can put information on the World Wide Web. 

Academic research is different from personal research because academic research requires current, correct, and well-documented information written by institutions/people who are authorities on their subjects.   

Sites should be unbiased UNLESS biased information is useful for a particular assignment.

The World Wide Web is a place of business, and sites that want to sell products or services have a different purpose from sites that exist to educate.
ABC's of Evaluating Resources

Use these ABCs as a guide to critically evaluate information on the Web.

  1. Authority 
    Who or what organization is publishing the content?  Do they have the knowledge and expertise to publish information about this topic? This information is often found in the About Us or Contact section of a site.  
  2. Bias/Purpose 
    Is this a commercial site that is trying to sell a service or a product or a site that exists primarily to educate? Does the publishing group and/or author have a bias?   Are there multiple points-of-view analyzed and expressed?  
  3. Content 
    Does the content fit the research question/assignment? Is the information correct? Read background information about your topic from a reputable source such as a textbook or database first.  
  4. Currency 
    Is there a publication or update date attached to the article or site? Look at the end of an entry or the bottom of a page.
Online Storage Tips

It is Important to back up your files in multiple places if possible when doing research. Computers can crash and flash drives get lost. Make use of the following tips to keep you from panicking if you lose your flashdrive.

 Google Drive : Make use of your school Google account

 Dropbox : Use Dropbox to upload your documents you want to save and also your powerpoints. 

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 Bookmark and annotate

Thesis Generator


Use this tool to help you develop a thesis statement.  Always get input and approval from your teacher.

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Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting from Sources

MLA for Dummies
Use the information on this page to help you correctly cite your sources that are used in your research paper. There is a complete MLA citation ebook from EasyBib on the left plus additional links, videos to help you set up your Works Cited page and create citations with EasyBib, also a link to EasyBib citation maker.


10 Types of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct.  When writing any paper you need to give credit where it is due.  Learn to cite your resources to avoid consequences.
Use these tools to help you write your papers.
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