SHIH Resources at Montana Tech Library
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- Interlibrary Loans - request books and articles through the library's interlibrary loan service
- Research & Citations - how to write APA citations and research information and tips
When using the Internet for academic research, pay careful attention to the sites used. Below are questions to ask when evaluating content of Internet sites. Remember anyone can post anything to the Internet and no one controls its validity or accuracy. Every source needs to be assessed in some way, to determine if it has what you need and is worth your time and effort.
- What is the purpose of the website? Is it designed to sell a product or an idea? Is the information biased, does it have one point of view?
- Who published the information on the site? Determine the source of the information published. If their is no author listed or if the author is a corporation or other interest group, take care to analyze the information. If you are not familiar with the author search for them using a search engine.
- Who is the audience? Most information on the Internet is aimed at a general audience and may not be useful for academic research. When using a site for academic research should make sure the information is presented at an academic level. If you think a site is suitable for academic research, compare its information with a trusted source to make sure it is reliable and accurate. Also, look for documentation of facts on a site-if the author does not document their information this is an indication that the site is unreliable.
- When was the site created/last updated? It is important to determine when a site was created or updated. If a site has not been updated in a long period this should raise a red flag to its validity.
Adapted ffrom Tensen, Bonnie, L. (2007). Research strategies for a digital age. (Second Edition)