When searching for information on the web, you need to be critical. Think about this:
Despite the hype, information on the Internet can often be inaccurate, out of date, misleading, or just plain wrong. Always think critically when using the open WWW for scholarly research or use sites referenced or recommended by acknowledged experts in the fields being researched.
Media Awareness Network
The URLs for a website can tell you a lot about the purposes of a website.
.com = a commercial site
.net = a network provider
.org = an organization
.edu = education (school, college or university)
.mil = military website
.gov = government website
NOTE: .com, .net, and .org websites are LESS regulated, meaning anyone can register for a website with that domain.
.edu, .mil, and .gov sites are MORE regulated, and tend to be more reliable.
Style Guides and Manuals for Writing Using APA Style
The American Psychological Association APA Frequently asked questions by the publishers of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. APA style is most often used in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, etc.) and the natural sciences and medicine.
The Basics of APA Style This short video presentation discusses all aspects of APA publication style. It is a product of the APA.
Online Writing Lab (OWL) Purdue University -- APA
How to Recognize Plagiarism Indiana University -- A tutorial to help you recognize and avoid plagiarism from Indiana University
When doing research, you should use a variety of sources such as books, articles from newspapers, magazines, or journals, and websites. To ensure you are including only valid information in your research, evaluate your sources using the criteria below.
|Questions to Ask
Authority / Credibility
Scope / Relevance
|Currency / Date
Some written works are ageless (e.g., classic literature) while others (e.g., technological news) become outdated quickly. It is important to determine if currency is pertinent to your research.
|Objectivity / Bias / Reliability
Every author has an opinion. Recognizing this is instrumental in determining if the information presented is objective or biased.
Style / Functionality