This guide was created for your RCE 620 course.
Before you get started:
Below, you will find tips and questions to help you decide if the resource you are thinking about using are the type of resources you should be using in your research.
Also, remember that many quality sources are not available on the Internet, especially for free. Be sure to consult the library's print and electronic collections when conducting research.
Authority: Can you trust the source?
Tip: Look for pages like, "About Us", "History", "FAQ" (make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page), to find information about the organization or individual who created the content or manages the website. If you cannot find information on who the author is or the website creater/admin is then do not use this resource!
Currency: Is the information up to date?
Tip: If you cannot find any indication of when the page was last updated (usually located at the bottom of the page) or a creation date then do not use this information unless the content is historical in nature and the author/content manager is reliable.
Purpose: Why was the website/page created?
Content: Is the information that the website/page presents quality academic research?
Tip: Look for misspellings and casual language.