Who provided the information?Has it been edited or fact checked?What is the purpose of the site?4. Is it both trustworthy and academic?
5. Ask yourself: •Reputation of author/institution? (Harvard? New York Times? Scholarly history journal?) •Citations? Sources included so we know where information came from •Purpose/bias?Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeeperez/2453225588/
Wikis Personal websites/blogs Yahoo Answers and similar sites Sites trying to sell a productA little better but not academic…About.com
Archives (Library of Congress, etc.) Museums Universities (but NOT students’ personal web pages) Libraries Research centers Public television stations (BBC, PBS) Other?
Be sure you know where you got each fact or quote Notes should be in your own words, but you still need to cite your source (it’s someone else’s idea/fact) If you do use exact words, always put them in “quotes” so you remember.
Use OSLIS Citation Maker (see library website for link) or Easybib.com MLA style Enter as much information as you can, but you may not be able to identify the author, publication date, etc.
Turn to the person next to you. Whose birthday comes first this year (as of Jan. 1, 3013)? This person will explain how to find the library databases and catalog (you may use your notes).
6. Write one question you still have (or think someone else might have) about research – databases, evaluating websites, citing sources, etc.
Questions? Need help? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org At LOHS on Mondays (usually) and Fridays (sometimes)