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HIST 1302: Isaac's Storm

This guide was created for Professor Lambert's HIST 1302 class.

Evaluating Web Sources

The internet can be a great place to find valuable information. The recommended websites below are examples of internet sites that provide acccurate, authoritative information.

However, there are also many low quality web pages with questionable or outdated information. When deciding whether to use information you find on the web, be sure to use the following criteria to evalute its usefulness.

  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.

Recommended Websites

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