University Now: Library Session #2, Authority Is Contextual
Please fill out each section of this form as directed by your Librarian.
First and Last Name
1. Type your research topic below.
2. Type the keywords you used in your Google search below.
3. Using the first page of results from your Google search, identify the site that looks like the best fit for your topic. Describe why you chose this site.
4. Try limiting your search to different website domains (example: .edu, .gov or .org). Explain below which domain seems to yield the best results for your research topic.
Use the shortcut "site:" (Do not use quotation marks and do not put a space between the colon and the domain. Example: "site:.gov").
5. Go to this website and evaluate its quality, credibility and trustworthiness:
. Think about these categories: authorship, sponsorship/publisher, and currency. Describe below whether or not the webpage is credible and has authority.
Read the About Us page and any other pages that look like they may help you determine authority. Who is the sponsor/publisher? Is the author an expert on the topic? Notice things like advertising or lack thereof.
6. Go to this website and evaluate its quality, credibility and trustworthiness:
. Think about these categories: authorship, sponsorship/publisher, and currency. Describe below whether or not the webpage is credible or of good quality.
Read the About page and any other pages that look like they may help you determine quality. Notice things like advertising or lack thereof.
7. Use the same website to find components of an MLA citation:
. List below the author, webpage name, website name, sponsor/publisher, and publication date.
Note: All of these components may not be on this website, though some of them are. Be sure to look diligently.
8. Do another search in Google and find a good quality website on your topic. Use the search techniques and shortcuts that you've learned such as site:, quotation marks around phrases, and Cntl/Command F. Copy and paste the url below and describe why this is a credible website.
9. Do you have any questions about what we covered today? Is anything still unclear?
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