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Links to define topics, find quality results, do research in a specific discipline, get timely information, find facts, find opinion and perspectives, find specific types of media, and define special search requirements.

 

Pro/Con.org

Pro/Con.org is a website that collects controversial topics and presents the pros and cons of both sides of the argument.  Resources include short, easy to undertand explanations of issues, pre-screened and researched articles, video clips, and pictures, and citations for the site.  Topics include: illegal immigration, drug awareness, cell phones, gay marriage, abortion, and much more. 

 

 
Internet Public Library
Resources by subject, links to newspapers and magazines. Includes a teen section with homework help, poetry, graphic novels, sports, finances and more.

 

 

Evaluating a Website

Click here for five criteria for website evaluation from Cornell University.

 

Find the Bias Game

 

 

Five Bad Online Sources

 

  • Blogs- Anyone can create a blog, just like anyone can have a twitter, instagram or snapchat account. There is no way to evaluate the authors reliability or expertise on a subject
     
  • Personal Web pages- Just like blogs, personal web sites are difficult to evaluate. Avoid them !
     
  • Wiki sites, including wikipedia - Wiki sites allow groups of people to add and edit information on individual pages. Wikipedia is a good place to start if you know absolutely nothing about a topic, but use the links on the bottom of the Wikipedia reference to go to more reliable sources.
     
  • Movies and Video Games - the latest Call of Duty game might have information you "think" is accurate, the cool horror movie is "based on a true story" or the newest Youtube video might "look" real. Just remember that both movies and video games were created for entertainment not for accuracy
     
  • Historical Novels- Novels are fiction, even if they are set in a real historical setting.

Five Bad Online Sources

 

  • Blogs- Anyone can create a blog, just like anyone can have a twitter, instagram or snapchat account. There is no way to evaluate the authors reliability or expertise on a subject
     
  • Personal Web pages- Just like blogs, personal web sites are difficult to evaluate. Avoid them !
     
  • Wiki sites, including wikipedia - Wiki sites allow groups of people to add and edit information on individual pages. Wikipedia is a good place to start if you know absolutely nothing about a topic, but use the links on the bottom of the Wikipedia reference to go to more reliable sources.
     
  • Movies and Video Games - the latest Call of Duty game might have information you "think" is accurate, the cool horror movie is "based on a true story" or the newest Youtube video might "look" real. Just remember that both movies and video games were created for entertainment not for accuracy
     
  • Historical Novels- Novels are fiction, even if they are set in a real historical setting.