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Use this quick guide for help citing your sources. While many databases now offer a "how to cite" option, they are not always 100% accurate.
Online Citation Guides
Evaluating Web Sources
Author/Organization: Who is responsible for this site?
Check the URL for domain name:
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?
Look for page creation or revision dates.
Is there a "What's New" page?
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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