Key writing Web sites
Online Writing Lab at Purdue - writing tips, quick style guide information, and sample papers in MLA, APA & Chicago style, and more
Dartmouth Writing Program - tips for writing in the humanities, social sciences, & sciences
Resources from The Writing Center at Harvard - guidance for many stages of the research and writing process
Critically evaluate what you find
Criteria to keep in mind when choosing and using sources:
• Accuracy - What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced? Does the author cite her/his sources and are they legitimate?
• Authority - Who wrote the source? Is the author credible? What are the author's credentials (educational background, past writing, experience) in this area? Have you seen the author's name cited in other sources or bibliographies? Respected authors are cited frequently by other scholars. For this reason, always note names that appear in many different sources. Who published the source? Check the domain of the document - what institution publishes this document?
• Objectivity - Does the author have a bias, political or commercial or persuasive?
• Currency - Is this information new or based on outdated sources? Can you tell how current it is? How up-to-date are the links (if any)?