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U ST 105: Carver Academy Seminar: Freshmen

Web Evaluation Criteria

  • Who wrote it? 
  • What are their qualifications?
  • Is it some random enthusiast typing away in their basement?
  • What clues does the URL provide? 
  • Is it .gov? .edu? .com? .us?
  • Personal?
  • Company or organization?
  • Forum for educational information?
  • Trying to sell you something?
  • Biased/opinion or objective/factual
  • Are arguments well-supported or researched?
  • Do they contain objective and/or subjective information?
  • Can you email or write the webmaster or author?
Using Sources

When using information found in a resource, be sure you are giving credit where credit is due. Whether you're paraphrasing or directly quoting, you need to add a citation in for any element you did not previously know prior to reading/using that source. In doing so, you are honoring the idea. This means, even if you put it in your own words, you need to cite it.

More information on quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing:

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