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CNX 128: Solo Performance

Getting Started

When you're searching for information for your class, it's important to be critical of each information source you use. Just because something is published, doesn't mean it's reliable - and just because something comes from a "legitimate" website, doesn't mean it's accurate. Keep in mind the context, and examine your information with a critical eye. 

For help doing this, you can use the database list below to get you started on your research. 

You can also read through the sections on domain names and relevancy details below to help you evaluate your resources. 

Databases

Scavenger Hunt Databases

 

Other Useful Databases

Domain Names

The top-level domain part of a web site's address can tell a lot about the legitimacy of the site


.edu - linked to an educational institution (though this domain can host personal web pages as well.)
.org - non-profit organizations or associations
.gov - a governmental department or agency, or government officials
.com - a commercial site, online service, or a for-profit organization
.mil - U.S. military organizations
.int- international organizations
.net - networking organizations

Look for citations, or some form of verification for the information presented on a web site.

The name and address of an author of a web site is reassuring, though this does not necessarily guarantee authority or legitimacy.