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Who is the sponsor or publisher? For example, is the article from a political magazine? Is the magazine liberal/conservative? That may reflect the focus of the article.
What is the intent of the information? If a source included research done on a specific drug, did the drug's manufacturer sponsor or fund the research study?
Library databases (subscriptions - not free)
Content can include articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, reports, books, images, videos, and podcasts.
Content in the databases is evaluated by experts and publishers.
Users still need to examine the information from the databases and consider:
- date or creation of the source's contents,
- author's credentials,
- and who the publisher or producer is.
Most databases will have information about the article's or entry's source as well as an "About" statement pertaining to their product.
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
Multi-subject database, with more than 8,500 magazines and journals. Includes abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Get background information to start your research and use the Mind Map to find related terms and expand your search. Over 3,400,000 full text entries in 1,012 titles from 100+ publishers. Includes images.
Reports written on varied social issues by experienced journalists, thoroughly footnoted and sourced to experts to ensure quality and accuracy of the information. Pro/con arguments included.
Gale eBooks, formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library, contains over 200 reference and specialized sources on multiple subjects.
Gale In Context: Global Issues
Explore issues within government, law, health, science and technology, society and culture, and more. Includes global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more. Cross-searchable with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints database.
Search library databases, Google, and Google Scholar to identify any other works by the author.
Have others cited works by the author?
Is the author affiliated with an educational institution, business, or organization?
Does the author have a web site? Does the author have expertise on the subject?
Can you identify the author or organizer of the information?
Is the author or organizer an authority on the subject?
Is the material up to date?
Is the point of view of the web site evident?
Is the information well written? Are there errors in spelling or grammar?
Are sources included with the information? You may need to check out those sources or links.
Consider using sites that end in .edu or .gov. (Note that .org can be for either nonprofit or profit organizations.)
Free research sites
Example: Google Scholar
Consider what type of content is covered - scholarly and/or popular?
Purpose of the site?
Is content full-text?
Example: YouTube or library database, Films on Demand (30,000 streaming videos).
Is the presentation provided or produced by a reputable institution or organization?
Who are the speakers? What is their expertise? (May need to check author's credentials.)
Is date of presentation or video available?
Films on Demand (Infobase)
Find over 30,000 streaming videos covering 900 plus subject categories. View videos anywhere, 24/7. The films (complete or segments) are available for classroom or individual viewing and can be integrated into Canvas. To create playlists and/or download the app, locate the profile option and create your own personal username and password. A Films on Demand app is available for both Apple iOS and Android. Download the app from your app store. Login to the app using the personal username and password from your profile.