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Essay assignment for the novel unit

Find scholarly articles in library databases

Use the databases listed below to find literary criticism in an academic journal.

 

Google Searches

Google Scholar — searches the Web for scholarly, academic information. Links to resources at SCCC. Go to Settings > Library Links and choose Suffolk County Community College - Fulltext @ SCCC to set up links.

Google Advanced — offers multiple search boxes for refining searches. Allows limiting to .edu or .gov which eliminates advertisements.

 

Evaluating Web Sources

Look at the following elements when evaluating web sites:

 

Author/Organization: Who is responsible for this site?

 Check the URL for domain name:

.edu      educational (college or university)
.gov       government
.org       non-profit organization
.com     commercial/business
.net       network of computers (company or individual)
.us        2-letter code for a country
 
  Check the top and bottom of the page for the "author's credentials," "about us," or "contact us."

  

 Purpose: Why is this information here? Is it biased?

  • Is the information objective (fact-based) or subjective (opinion-based)?
  • Are both sides of an issue presented in a fair, objective manner?
  • Does the web site endorse products of the advertisers or its web site? A commercial site may not examine the products of the advertisers critically.
  • Is the information intended for professionals or the lay person?

  Currency: Is the information time-sensitive?

  •  Look for page creation or revision dates. 
  •  Is there a "What's New" page?

 References: Can the information be verified?

  • Can the information be verified in books, journals, reports, or other authoritative sources?
  • Check for a list of references or links to original sources.

Depth: Is the coverage sufficient for academic research?

  • Is the content a brief overview posted at an individual's homepage?
  • Is the content an in-depth analysis in the form of a research report or comprehensive study?
  • Does the site reference or link to other in-depth resources?

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