So you’re going to cite a website in that paper? If you want to impress your professors with a great bibliography, you need to to evaluate your sources carefully. Watch this short video and read below to learn what you should know about researching using the web.
What qualities should your web source have?
As a scholar-in-training, you are learning to decipher good information from the lousy in order to have an informed understanding of a topic. If you’re going to use a web source for your project, it should have these qualities: Authoritative- the information comes from a qualified source Unbiased- the information is balanced and shows both sides in a non-persuasive manner Current- the information is up-to-date for your particular topic Accurate- the information reported is verifiable and opinions are distinct from fact
Ask yourself these questions to determine if your source is right for your needs:
But what about domains?
Let’s take a look at what common domains mean, and why you might want look beyond where it was registered to determine if the information you’re getting suits your research needs.
Now that you’re equipped to evaluate the website you want to use, you can handle these issues. Know who is posting this information online and why. Make sure you’re getting your information from experts. Provide a balanced view of your topic. And, be sure you’re capable of understanding and synthesizing the information. It takes time to learn this stuff! Be a little skeptical and you’re already on your way.
Still don’t get it? You can always Ask A Librarian for help.
The Oviatt Library has created a video series called Message in a Minute for Faculty to let faculty know about Library resources and services. With seven videos produces thus far, and with more than 3,400 hits to view the videos, many faculty members, as well as other interested viewers of the Library’s YouTube channel, have been able to learn about new and longstanding resources due to this series. To date, the topics of these brief videos include: Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Librarian Help Through Moodle, Searching Cited References, The Place To Be (Library Tour) and one about our new streaming video service, Video Furnace. Our latest Message in a Minute video released talks about the benefits of Library lectures and tells the story of how one student was able to succeed with his research assignment through faculty and Library intervention. Please take a look at this latest video below and feel free to browse the other videos at the Library’s YouTube channel. Tutorials and other interesting and fun clips about the Library and its resources and services can be found there as well.
Even if you’re not a music or CTVA major, Music & Media has something to offer you! With your library card (CSUN ID), you can check out books, scores, DVDs, CDs, and more.
Looking for a place to spread out with your homework? We have open study space and plenty of power strips for to plug in your laptop. Want to take a break and watch Young Adult or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Take a movie home or watch in one of our carrels.
Spending a lot of time in your car? Why not learn a new language or listen to a book? To find an audiobook, search by keyword or title and limit to Sound Recordings.
Welcome Matadors! The Oviatt Library would like to introduce our new Fall video series Research Therapy. Every couple of weeks we will release a short 2-3 minute instructional video. The purpose of these videos is to provide you with tips and tricks that we think you might find helpful throughout the semester. Some of the topics include: how to find books, evaluating websites, using Google Scholar and citing your sources. The first video in this series is “How to Find Books on the Shelf.” We realize that our Library is pretty large and it can be confusing for new users. The focus of this video is how to take the call number of the book and find it on the shelf. For more videos and tutorials please visit our Tutorials and How-to’s page.
We hope you find this video helpful as you navigate through your first couple of weeks of the Fall semester.