Evaluating Sources

How to Identify Academic Sources for Research Papers

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This Semester's GALILEO Password Is "cattle"

GAVS Free Resources - Media Center and GALILEO

For help with finding academic sources to use in your Research Papers, use "Media Center" and "GALILEO" (password: cattle) from our free GAVS "Resources" tab, above, at the top of our Course Home Page menu bar.

Nonacademic sources should not be used in this essay, and include the following:

  • Popsugar.com, and related "entertainment news" sources
  • Personal blogs
  • Wikipedia

Acceptable academic sources include:

  • History.com
  • Biography.com
  • Rolling Stone magazine - for credible music articles
  • All sources found on Galileo from our Resources tab, above

Following are a few directions and screenshots to help you navigate - for help with finding academic sources, go to:

  • Course Home page / top of page
  • Resources / click drop-down arrow
  • Scroll down to Media Center, and click
  • Pop-up Box appears - widen box
  • Click "General Resources"
  • Click "GALILEO" hyperlink, then enter password "cattle"
  • Do a search for your specific topic, and you will find thousands of articles from which to choose

See screenshots, below, for visual assistance.

Happy revising, and do your best work!

Mrs. Wolff

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Credible v. Less-Reliable Sources:

Quick checklist to assist you in choosing the most reliable / credible / academic sources

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University of Illinois - Evaluating Sources

User-friendly, quick-reference chart to help you find credible sources.

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Source Evaluation - More Help!

Questions to ask yourself about each source: --Is it credible? --Is it current / relevant? --Who is the source - what is their point-of-view / bias regarding your topic? (What side of the topic are they taking, and why?) --Accuracy --Coverage

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Harvard University - Evaluating Web Sources

1. Who is the author of this site? 2. How accurate and objective is the site? 3. What is the site's currency and coverage?

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Purdue OWL - Evaluating Sources: Overview

In a research paper, your sources are everything - and your argument is nothing, without them. But there are a few things you must consider when searching for and choosing your sources: --Are they academic, or "fluff" pieces? Only academic sources!

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Purdue OWL - Where / How Do I Begin My Research?

This Handout Will Help You Determine: --Where to look --Online v. Print Sources --Types of Sources --Primary Research

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Purdue OWL - Identifying Academic Research / Evidence

This Handout Will Help You Determine: Using Research and Evidence: 1. What type of evidence should I use? 2. How do I know if a source is credible?

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Which/When/Why to Use Quotes to Use in Your Papers-UNC

This is an excellent source to help you decide how and when to use quotes: --When Should I Quote? --How Do I Set-up and Follow-up A Quotation? --How Do I Embed a Quote into a Sentence? --How Much Should I Quote? --How Do I Combine Quotation Marks w/.

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Use Our GAVS "Media Center" Resource for Esssays!

Step One:

Go to the top of our Course Home Page

Step Two:

In the green horizontal menu bar, click "Resources"

Step Three:

Click the dropdown arrow

Step Four:

Click "Media Center"

Step Five:

From the image, click on the types of sources you are looking for - "General Resources," "News," "English," "Periodicals," etc.

Step Six:

If you click on "Galileo," this World Wide Web-based virtual library provides you with access to multiple information resources, including access to licensed products.

Password: clarify

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Log-in with Password, "clarify"

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Decide Which Type of Search - by Subject, Type, Alphabetical Order

Next, Go to Bottom of Page and Click "Galileo Teen (Grades 6-8):

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Happy Researching!

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