Researching an essay
The internet is revolutionizing the world of information gathering, but it's unlikely
to help you much in your writing unless you are careful in your choice of sources. Because
anyone can publish anything they like on the web, you need to know how to tell if the
information in a web site is reliable or not. On this page you will find links to several
web sites that will help you to critically evaluate information on the web. Spend some
time exploring these sites and then complete the task at the end of the page.
- How to critically
analyse information sources
Describes how to critically analyse printed information sources: including some
information on how to determine the usefulness of an article though its bibliography.
- Widener University/Wolfang
A great site which has a whole module (complete with PowerPoint slides) that takes you
step by step through the process of evaluating web resources.
- Resources for Critical Evaluation
Compares traditional and electronic sources and has some very useful advice on how to cope
with the special problems electronic researchers face.
- Checklist for an advocacy
This site explains how to recognize and evaluate an advocacy page - a page sponsored by an
organization attempting to influence public opinion or sell ideas.
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