When picking our websites, we wanted to make sure the information presented on each page was both useful and reliable. We went about determining whether or not each website was by looking at the author of each site, their sources used, the educational website's mission statement. 

We found the following site to be reliable because the author of the article, Jesse Aleman is a professor at the University of New Mexico in the English department. His research focus is U.S. Latino/a literary histories. The article is published on the CENGAGE learning website, a website we have used before in our classes at UCLA. The mission statement reads "we are leading to digital with a unique faculty and student perspective to transform learning through engagement."

Jesse Aleman, University of New Mexico

We picked the following website not only because it was written by our professor, but because it was written for the Junior Faculty Research Development Grant for the UCLA Center for Study of Women. UCLA is a reputable institution, and Lopez is a professor in the Department of English and the César E. Chavez Department of Chicano/a Studies at UCLA. We chose this article also because it has analysis of the codification of races in the novel, and the symbolism of humanity and machines. 

"The novel does little to dismantle racial hierarchies, instead spending its energies proving the whiteness of Mexicans who, as one character notes, look English or German (Ruiz de Burton 85)."

"That is, rather than reading Mariano’s, the Alamar patriarch, death or his son Tano’s crippling as Mexican American political grievance, an ethics of the dismodern means that we can read Squatter’s broken bodies and sympathetic machines as arguments about the frailty of nations."

Marissa Lopez, UCLA

We had trouble finding one last website to cite, because most reputable work on Ruiz de Burton is in books, not on online articles. We decided the online article was good to use because it is part of Johns Hopkins' Program Muse, whose mission statement is copied below:
"Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE books and journals, from leading university presses and scholarly societies, are fully integrated for search and discovery."
We looked into Warford's academic background and as stated on the Johns Hopkins website: "Elisa Warford teaches at Pepperdine University. Her research focuses on the ways fictional texts work rhetorically to create and manipulate identity, particularly in the works of western writers and those writing about politically marginalized groups, such as Sarah Winnemucca, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton."

Elisa Warford, various universities