AUTHORITY: Who wrote it and WHY?
CONTENT: Is it more than a brochure?
DOCUMENTATION: Does it support its facts?
CURRENCY: When was it updated?
What is a Domain?
Part of a web address indicating the origin of a website
Domain Example Author/Sponsor
.com www.espn.com For-profit entity
.edu library.ucok.edu Educational institution
.org www.sierraclub.org Non-profit entity
.gov www.fda.gov US government
.ok.us www.health.state.ok.us State government
.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk Outside US
.net pages.prodigy.net Private server
The Information Cycle in the Sciences
Radio & TV &
Conferences & Books
Peer-reviewed vs. Popular
Written by a scholar or a researcher
Written for academia
Original or primary research
Written for general public
Written by reporters or free-lance writers
No or minimal documentation
No original research- secondary literature
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND…
Just because your article is from peer-reviewed journal…
•It’s not always a research article
•Research is never “over”
•If mentioned in pop lit article– Biased?
Ulrich’s Periodical Directory
“Find Articles (Databases)”
Gives information about serials
Does NOT provide articles
Use journal not article name when searching