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Guide for Research Assistants: Online Resources

Basic guide for research assistants, including information about the library services and resources.

Factors to look for in evaluating websites include

  • Authority
    • Who is the author? Do they have a hidden agenda?
  • Objectivity
    • Does the website purport to be objective? Advocacy group websites can be a valuable source of information, but you should question the information if they hide who they really are.
  • Timeliness
    • What is the date of publication? When was it last updated?
  • ​Documentation
    • Do they cite reliable sources?
  • Privacy
    • If you have to sign up for a free account, what do they do with your information?