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Juvenile Collection: Web Resources

Various WWW resources

The web provides many types of materials that have different levels of sophistication, credibility, and currency.

USE CRITICAL THINKING WHEN USING INTERNET SOURCES.

You should be able to justify the articles and web pages you have selected to support your position.

The following CRAAP criteria must be addressed for each item you use as a reference in your bibliography:

  • Currency -- is the material recent enough to consider the latest aspects and findings on your topic?
  • Relevance -- does the material speak exactly to the topics you address in your position?
  • Authority -- how can you determine the credentials of the author or organization that created the material?
  • Accuracy -- how can you determine if the selected material appears to be supported by multiple sources with reliable or reproduceable information?
  • Purpose -- can you determine if this material provides a well-rounded perspective on the topic, or is intended to support a position through showing only some of the information that would be important to study the topic in a balanced way?


EXAMPLE SCENARIOS TO DEMONSTRATE FREE WEB SEARCHING CONCERNS IN RELATION TO OUR PAID RESOURCES

Wikipedia provides excellent overviews of topics, with pointers to source materials, but the perspective is not always academically accurate or balanced. Be sure to supplement this information with more reliable information from the peer-reviewed reference tools such as handbooks, disctionaries, and encyclopedias listed on the Facts/Definitions sources page.

While you can perform advanced Google searches, your results are based upon your previous search preferences, so results will be less comprehensive over time, and will tend to support your favorite topics/perspectives/purchasing behavior. In addition, you will not always be allowed to access all the full-text articles that are available to you through our multidisciplinary Academic Search Complete journal-article aggregator.

Google Scholar provides free searching of  a selection of the academic journal literature, with results providing more reliable peer-reviewed materials, but the results are not as comprehensive as subject specific journal indexes. In addition, you will not always be allowed to access all the full-text articles that are available to you through our multidisciplinary Academic Search Complete journal-article aggregator.


Other web-based resources that may prove helpful include materials created by reliable sources such as professional associations and government agencies.

Here are a few resources recommended to scholars in the field:

 

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