Preliminary Research • When you first begin your research project, you will probably go straight to Google and click on the first returned website. ENCARTA ABOUT.COM WIKIPEDIA ASK.COM • Are these sites okay to find information about your topic? YES You need to know the basic information to wrap your mind around the general ideas.
BUT… The basic information needs to be cross-referenced with sites that are more reliable.
From Wikipedia This information seems important, but you will want to find some of the same information on a more credible website or database.
.org .edu .gov .com .net • .edu Trusted site connected to an educational entity • .gov trusted site that is connected to a branch of government • .co.uk Trusted site that is connected to a branch of government (specific to the UK) • .org These websites are associated with a certain organization. Be careful that this information is presented in a credible way as well. • .com These websites are okay, but need to be viewed with scrutiny. Check several websites to find the information in multiple different places. If the information only appears once, it may be false.
This info matches the info found on Wikipedia!!! You can use this cite as one of your sources. Pbs.org
Databases • Midway High School Library Webpage • Use the Literary Databases • Use the History Databases • The databases have usernames and passwords A DATABASE SOURCE MUST BE PART OF YOUR RESEARCH. This is an example of what you will see.
.COM – THINGS TO CONSIDER What to look for to distinguish between credible .com sites and non credible .com sites SITES THAT OFFER NO AUTHOR’S NAME SITES THAT ARE OUTDATED OR OFFER NO PUBLICATION DATE SITES THAT OFFER NO PUBLICATION COMPANY WEBSITES THAT ARE PROJECTS CREATED BY STUDENTS FOR CLASS IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT A SITE, ASK ME!!! BUT, USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT; TRUST YOUR INSTINCT
Examples of trusted sites • Luminarium.org • Pbs.org • Tudorhistory.org • Englishhistory.net • Bbc.co.uk • THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER SITES THAT ARE CONNCETED TO BRITISH HISTORY THAT ARE GREAT SOURCES FOR THIS RESEARCH PROJECT.