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5: Websites

Back to Step 4: Find Articles

Finding reliable websites for research:

  • Check the Research Guides to see recommended websites and resources for every Emmaus program.
  • Use a Google Advanced Search to refine and limit your results.
  • Look at the bibliographies or references on internet sources you find helpful. These will lead you to more sources!







Evaluating Websites

 
Currency
  • Date information was published/posted
  • Revisions/updates
  • Functional links

Relevance
  •  Intended audience
  • Comfort level citing this source in a research paper

Authority
  •  Author/publisher/source/sponsor
  • Credentials or organizational affiliations
  • Qualifications of author to write on topic
  • Contact information for the author
  • URL as an indicator of author/source

Accuracy
  •  Source of information
  • Supported by evidence
  • Reviewed/refereed
  • Verification in anotuher source/personal knowledge
  • Tone: unbiased, free of emotion
  • Spelling, grammar, typographical errors

Purpose
  •  Intentions made clear by authors/sponsors
  • Information as fact, opinion, propaganda
  • Objective and impartial point of view
  • Bias: political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, personal

Google Search Tips

" ": searches for the exact phrase in the quotation marks
Example: "television violence"

AROUND(3): to ask for specific terms that are separated by a given number of words in any order
Example: macleod AROUND(3) Emmaus

- (minus): exclude an irrelevant term
Example: salsa -cilantro

related: search for pages that are similar
Example: related:realsimple.com

link: find pages that link to a particular site (very useful when evaluating webpages!)
Example: link:mla.org

intitle: will look for the word or phrase you enter in the title of the website
Example: intitle:Christian publisher