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Nagy: Finding Websites

Provides information to assist students in Mr. Nagy's ENL111 class in performing library research, using the results for composition assignments, and citing their sources.

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Evaluating Websites

Use the CARS checklist in the box to the right to make sure the information you find is credible and reliable.

Summary of the CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation

Credibility

trustworthy source, author's credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support.  Goal:  an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

Accuracy

up-to-date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy.  Goal:  a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

Reasonableness

fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone.  Goal:  a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.

Support

listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied.  Goal:  a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).

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