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Useful Websites

How to Evaluate Websites - Quick Tips


Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments. 

Look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:

  • Who is the author?        
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

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Better Googling

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("american revolution" OR "revolutionary war")  music

115,000 results

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What was the role of music in the American Revolution?

37,200,000 results

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          What was the role of music in the American Revolution?
  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words that need to be together.
          "american revolution"   "revolutionary war"
  • Use OR between synonyms/related terms.
          ("american revolution" OR "revolutionary war")  music
  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          ("american revolution" OR "revolutionary war")  music

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

Wikipedia and Academic Research


How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

Check mark A basic overview of your topic.
Check mark Important names, vocabulary and keywords related to your topic.
Check mark Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.
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References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).

Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:

X  The accuracy and authority of a Wikipedia article cannot be verified.