Posted: July 21st, 2021
Examples of websites which are and are unacceptable for use are found below.
Begin by stating your topic or thesis.
Provide a complete citation (as you would include it in your bibliography) for the site, including the URL and your date of access. Note that the required style for this class is Chicago Manual of Style. For an example of what elements to include in your citation, go to https://sites.umgc.edu/library/libhow/chicago_examples.cfm
For each website, use the evaluation criteria provided by the Library Services tutorial to determine if the site is or is not appropriate for college-level academic research (i.e. a college-level history research paper). https://www.umgc.edu/current-students/learning-resources/writing-center/writing-resources/evaluating-sources.cfm
For guidance, watch the 13 minute Crash Course video on Lateral Reading, which is the ability to cross check a website’s credibility as you are looking for information: https://youtu.be/GoQG6Tin-1E
If you would like a transcript, click on the three horizontal dots under the video, and select Open Transcript. The transcript will open to the right of the video.
Sometimes people confuse a web address with being the same as a website. This is not the case. Articles from journals or websites are NOT websites. Make sure you are clear as to what a website is. For example, msn.com, yahoo.com, or bbc.com are websites. Any article contained within them are not websites.
If your topic is contained within a part of the website then you must still evaluate the website as a whole for its suitability for use in a college level history research paper. You will find a sample Annotated Webliography in the same sub-module as the assignment. Do not use the websites from the sample assignment.
Additionally, some websites are not considered suitable for college-level research. Please find a list of the most common websites that are unacceptable for college-level work:
EXAMPLES OF UNACCEPTABLE WEB RESOURCES: AVOID THESE WEB SITES
Assignments must be submitted as a Word document. This means that the file name will end in .doc as in the following example: Johnson_Annotated_Bibliography.doc
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