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POLS 111: Introduction to Politics: Research & Evaluating Websites

Taught by Jennifer Seely, Fall 2015

Reminder: Research Process

1. Choose your topic - in this case, which country will you be researching?

2. Gather background information. Use sources listed on this guide or try the Reference tab on the library homepage.

3. Gather more specific information. Use the articles databases, news sources, or credible online sites.

4. Start creating an outline. This really helps.

5. Use your outline to write a draft of your paper. Remember to ask the Writing Center for help (in Lilly Library).

6. Cite your sources as you go - not at the last minute! Librarians can help with this step, too. :)

7. Proofread and revise.

Done!

Considerations for Evaluating Websites

To evaluate the credibility of a website source, consider the 

Authorship

Accuracy and Verifiability of Details

Currency

The Publishing Body

Point of View Bias

Referral to and/or Knowledge of the Literature

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