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9. Evaluating Internet Resources
 We’ve been using the Internet as an interface to library databases. Google does not search
within these databases since they are password protected.
 Since no one is filtering the information on the Internet as they do for library databases,
it’s important to evaluate the quality of what you find on the Internet.
 Click on Evaluating link from /kdabbour/coms151.html page to go to
o You can often start to evaluate the quality of what you find on the Internet by
looking at the URL.
 Ask the class: what type of site and what is the purpose of a .com, .org,
.edu, .gov? (.com=sell; .org=persuade; .edu=inform; .gov=official
government information, varies)
o Authority is important—who or what organization is responsible for this
information and what are their credentials?
o Can you verify this information in another resource?
o Go to one of the following Web sites:
and answer the following questions:
 Name of the Web site:
 Who or what organization is responsible for the content of this Web
 What makes this person/organization an authority on this topic?
 When was the web site last updated?
 Does this Web site seem like a credible source? Would you cite it in
your list of references if you were giving a speech on a related topic?
Why or why not?
10. Plagiarism and Citation Styles
 Tell class: I know most of you know that you have to cite information you find in books,
articles, and on the Internet in your paper if you quote directly.
 Ask class: However, if you paraphrase or re-write words from a publication or web page
and include it in your own paper, do you have to cite it? [answer: yes] What if it’s
common knowledge, e.g., the Earth is round? [answer: no, but when in doubt, cite it]
 If you need more information on avoiding plagiarism, go to these web sites.
 Avoid plagiarism by citing your sources, follow specific style guides: FYI, MLA, APA
cheat sheets are linked to on the COMS 151 web page.
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