Authority - Is the website based on reputable and reliable sources? Is there a bibliography? Are there citations? Is the author of the website an expert on this subject?
Objectivity - Is the website free of bias? Who is responsible for the website? Are you getting an educated version of this topic, or is it just opinion?
Currency - Has the page been updated recently enough so that it reflects the most current data? Is there a date to indicate that this page is regularly evaluated and maintained?
Coverage - Does the website have valid information on the topic? Is it free of typos and errors? Does the page have a professional look and free of advertising? Are there links to other worthwhile websites?
What about the Internet?
Sweet Dreams in Hard Times Add to Lottery Sales Published: September 12, 2008 “… the prospect that the $10 could become $100 million …”
Are There Books on This Topic?
Do an obvious search…use basic keywords , now do a better search using other strategies….
LOTTERY AND GAMBLING Gambling--United States. Subject Heading Search Boolean Search Key Word Search LOTTERY HOMER – Library Catalog
Title Search This is a great way to search… if you know the title A Streetcar Named Desire , An American Tragedy, The Color Purple omit : A, An, The, etc. Author Search To find a work by a specific author. enter last name first, followed by first name, walker, alice Enter names of organizations or groups: Limits do not apply to this type of search Keyword – Relevance Use basic terms about your topic: “jungle books” To search phrases use quotes: “rudyard kipling” Keyword – Boolean To combine search terms using the word AND “alice walker” and women
Finding a peer-reviewed article about your topic…
Types of Publications
Columbia Law Review
American Journal of Sociology
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Weekly
Magazines Trade Academic
Full Text vs. Abstract vs. Citations HTML Full Text vs. PDF Full Text
Full Text – it’s available online
Abstract – a brief summary
Citation – enough information to find the article
HTML – regular printout without exact page numbers
PDF – the article as it appeared in the publication
UCONN Links – May link to full text access
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WHAT IS PLAGIARISM? Accidental Plagiarism Deliberate Plagiarism
Rewriting from books or articles
copying & pasting from web pages and online sources to create a pa t ch wo r k writing
buying, downloading, or borrowing a paper
not knowing when & how to cite
not knowing how to paraphrase or summarize
not knowing what “common knowledge” is
recycling an old paper
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