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Citing & Evaluating Resources

Citing Resources

Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide

Copyright & Plagiarism for Kids

What is Plagiarism?

You Quote It, You Note It! 


Evaluating Resources

From this excellent guide by the University of California Berkeley Library

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

Evaluating Web Sites: A Checklist - a useful form from the University of Maryland Libraries

How to Spot "Fake News" - tips from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library


Primary Resources

Finding Primary Sources - the Library of Congress

DocsTeach - National Archives resource for primary sources (including historic photos and illustrations) for homework

Primary Sources: Washington - research guide from the University of Washington

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