finding your own resources

Although there are several high quality websites provided for you, you may want to find more resources on your own on the Web. 

YOU WILL NEED TO EVALUATE each website before using it.

Please keep in mind the 4 R's OF WEBSITE EVALUATION


The most important of these is RELIABILITY



When thinking about the reliability of your sources include the following:

Author:  Who is the author? Who is the author? Where does the author work? 

Expertise:   IS THE AUTHOR AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD, What is the author’s background?   Does the source provide a list of the resources (bibliography) used?

Organization: What organization  published the resource?

Purpose:  What is the purpose of the resource? Is the purpose commercial? (Is there a logo or price list?)  Is it someone’s viewpoint/opinion?

Date:  Is there a date of publication? If it’s a website, do the links work?


Can you read & understand it?

Is this resource written for a middle school student? 

Is the material too difficult (written for a college student)?  Try the 5-finger test. 

Is the material too simple (written for a 2nd or 3rd grader)?


Does this resource cover the topic/question you are researching?

For example, suppose you want to know how Greek buildings influence modern buildings. Is the source:

not relevant:   The source talks only about how Greek buildings were constructed.

too specific:     The source only goes on & on about all the different style of columns in Greek buildings.  

too general:  The source is a short history of ancient Greece.


Plagiarism:  Are you taking notes in fragments (yes!) or are you copying & pasting whole sentences (no! unless you are using quotes)

Give credit to others: 

Are you writing citations for each resource & image? ( Bibme, Easybib)

Your BIBLIOGRAPHY should be in alphabetical order by author’s last name.