You be the Judge!
Criteria for judging Web sites for academic use:
1. Author's credentials & affiliation
2. Purpose of the site (educational or commercial?)
What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. Is the site intended to inform, educate, or entertain? Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
3. Bias (sponsorship, language, or images)
4. Currency (kept up-to-date)
6. References to sources of information
For more, see the Lesley Searchpath tutorial, Module 5.
Magazines, newspapers, and journals are called "periodicals" because they are issued on a regular or "periodic" basis.
If you are able to recognize the differences among these sources, you will be able to identify the best information for your research need.
Your body has 5 pounds of living stuff in it that is not you—microbes of all shapes and sizes: bacteria, viruses, and fungi (more than 10,000 species)! The human body can be visualized as an entire ecosystem, a microcosmos. We are hardly one entity at all, but a community of organisms working together toward their mutual survival. In fact, most of the microorganisms on our skin and in our guts are good for us—we couldn’t survive without them. Here’s more: You May Not Know About One of the Most Important Organs in Your Body
On-campus users at Lesley University will see additional links in Google Scholar search results which facilitate access to Lesley's resources.
Off-campus users will need to configure your affiliation:
Just like in Google, searching in the databases can produce hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of results!
When you type in your keywords and find articles, be selective.
Here are a few things to notice:
In addition, by reading the abstract, you can see how relevant the article is to your topic.
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