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CHLS 100

Research guide for student in CHLS 100.


                                                      Students on lawn looking at a laptop.

Look for the following characteristics to determine what is or what is not a scholarly Internet source:

Are the author or authors identified?
Do they have scholarly credentials, or credentials within the appropriate field of expertise?
Is the cite have an .edu domain?
Do the authors cite the works from which they drew inspiration and/or information?
Do illustrations relay vital information (charts, etc.), rather than simply making the site more attractive?
Is the intended audience a group of scholars or a group of people who have expertise in a particular trade or profession?
Is the language is specific to the discipline or intended for large audiences?
How credible and authentic are the links to other resources?
Are the links evaluated or annotated in any way?
           Is there a date indicating when the page was last updated?