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- Citing Books and Media, Print Articles and Articles from a Library Database
- Citing Open (Free) Internet Sources
- Citing Literary Sources (Online and Print)
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|Scholarly Source||Non-Scholarly Source|
|Articles or books are written by a scholar or a professional in the field.||May be written by a professional writer who is not an expert in the field.|
|Always cite their sources of information in the form of footnotes or bibliography.||Rarely offers information (footnotes or bibliography) about the sources of information.|
|Text gives research results, includes specialized vocabulary and is aimed at a scholarly audience.||Text reports events or opinions and is aimed at a general audience (easy to read).|
|Journal cover and pages tend to be plain in design, with few or no pictures or graphics.||Tend to be highly pictorial. Magazines accept advertising.|
|Most are published by professional organizations, associations, scholarly groups or universities and colleges.||Are generally published for profit. May be intended as a vehicle of opinion: political, moral or ethnic.|
|Authors are always named, and their institutional affiliation is given.||Authors may be anonymous.|
|Journal issues are likely to be successively numbered (for example, issue 1 includes pages 1-356, issue 2 has pages 357-585, etc.)||Magazine issues are likely to begin with page 1.|
|Articles may be long.||Articles may be short, some only 1-2 pages.|
|Journal issues tend to be published less often (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually).||Magazine issues tend to be published more frequently (monthly, weekly, daily).|
|Journals would usually be found in a library or in a professor's office.||Magazines can be found at any bookstore or convenience store.|
|Examples: Articles in Journal of American History, Journal of Educational Psychology or books published by a University Press written by a scholar with footnotes.||Examples: Articles in Newsweek, National Review or books published by Scribner written by a journalist or professional writer without footnotes.|
The following are some guidelines to help you evaluate information you find on the "free" Internet.
- Author or Authority
- Can you tell who is responsible for the information on the page, such as an individual author, publisher or organization?
- Are the author's affiliation and credentials listed?
- Is the author qualified to write about the subject?
- Can you contact the author of the page?
- The domain name can often provide clues about who is responsible for a site. For example, domain names ending in .edu are educational sites and .gov indicates government sites.
- Can you verify statistics or other facts on the website?
- Does the information agree with what you found in traditional print sources?
- Are there only minimal errors on the page?
- Are bibliographic references to source information given?
- Has the Web page gone through an editorial or peer-review process?
- Objectivity or Bias
- Is the information on the page presented objectively?
- Are opinions stated as facts?
- Is the entity responsible for the page clearly trying to advance a certain agenda?
- What is the motivation of the organization to provide this information?
- Is the information current?
- Can you tell when the information was created or how often it is updated?
- Does the page contain numerous "dead links?"
- Current information is especially important in quickly changing fields, such as medicine and technology. Information on classic literature or history does not need to be as current.
- Level of Coverage
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information covered at the appropriate level for your needs?
- Is the material covered in an in-depth manner?
- If you are looking for information on hurricanes, and you find a website on weather that is geared toward grade school students, it is probably not going to be appropriate for a college-level paper.
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