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WR152: Boston Museums Now!


Your research will involve both scholarly resources - books and journal articles - and non-scholarly resources - newspapers, magazines, sites found on the open Web.

Books are reviewed.  Articles are peer-reviewed before being published.  There is nothing comparable for evaluating Websites.

Therefore, keep these considerations in mind as you mine the Web for information and images.

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

 .Source:  Evaluating resources, University of California Berkeley Library.