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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

Novella by Carson McCullers

PLEASE NOTE:

Professor Cotton requires seven scholarly sources for your research paper. A maximum of two sources can be from the open Internet. Choose wisely.

Please use the databases listed in the "Find Articles" tab to find peer-reviewed scholarly sources for this assignment.  Google scholar can also be used to find scholarly articles.  Link to Lone Star College Library to see full-text options.

Best of the Web

Think Like a Librarian: Evaluating Internet Resources

The Internet can be a wonderful source of original or primary sources.  Browse the sites we have suggested below. If you do your own searching, determine if it is a credible source by critically applying these criteria:

  1. Accuracy - The information should be researched and show proof that it has been.
  2. Source - Who wrote the information? Look at the domain.  .edu .gov. org .net are valid research sources.
  3. Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  4. Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  5. Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.

Does your source have CAPOW?

Currency

  • What is the publication date or last date updated?
  • Is the content timely, useful, and valid for your information need?

 

Authorship

 

 

 

  • Who wrote the content?
  • What makes that individual author or organization qualified to write it? What other information about the author is included?
  • Who sponsored the content?

 

Purpose

 

 

  • Is the purpose of the content to inform, to entertain, or to promote a product or service? 
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Does the information seem credible? If so, can you check the information against another resource (i.e. book, journal article, newspaper, etc.) for credibility?

 

Objectivity

 

  • Is content biased?
  • Are opinions balanced or does the author have an agenda?
  • How does the bias influence the information?

 

Writing Style

 

 

 

  • Does the information contain a bibliography, references, or a comprehensive list of sources supporting its theme, topic, or agenda?
  • Is content presented at an appropriate level for an academic research paper?
  • Does the supporting information fit your research need?
  • Is the work complete, or is it a summary of other work?

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