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HIST 5701: History of Epidemics: Evaluating Internet Resources

Evaluating Web Resources

Browse for reviewed, high-quality sites

Learn the ABCs of evaluating websites

A Authority
B Bias
C Currency
D Design
E Evaluation

What you find on the Web

  • Remember, the Web mostly includes .com and .org sites - information published by companies, organizations, and individuals
  • It has been estimated that only 7% of what you find on the free Web is suitable for scholarly work
  • Because most scholarly journal publishers charge subscription fees to access their materials, you won't find many scholarly journal articles on the free Web
  • How is scholarly work defined?
  • When and why would you use a search engine versus a library database? How do you choose which database to search?

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