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ENG 201W: Multimedia Journalism -- News Reporting and Writing -- Tefft, Fall 2017: Cite & Evaluate Sources

Writing Help

Need help writing or citing?

Make an appointment with a tutor at the  Emory Writing Center.

Student Writing

Broadcast News and Writing Stylebook

EasyBib

Keep track of your citations with EasyBib. EasyBib is 100% "in the cloud" so it doesn't care what type of computer or browser you use. There is nothing to download.

Just register the first time from ON CAMPUS (so that it recognizes you as an Emory user and you can benefit from the licensing agreement Emory paid for).  Once you've registered, you can access your account from anywhere.

PLUS, EasyBib has a free iPhone app that allows you to scan in the ISBN of a book and it will email the information to you!

The CRAAP Test

How do you know if a source that you find is research paper quality?

Try putting it through The CRAAP Method of Evaluating Information, a series of questions developed by librarians at California State University, Chico.

This test is designed to work for all information sources, including websites.

Click here to find the complete CRAAP Test pdf - just one page!

The acronym CRAAP stands for:

Currency: The timeliness of information.
Relevance: The importance of information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.

Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law

Associated Press Stylebook FAQs

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great resource for citing sources.

For this class, see their MLA Formatting and Style Guide.

Evaluating Websites

Numerous websites are devoted to controversial topics. Be sure to evaluate all information resources carefully to understand if they reflect a particular point-of-view or "side." Good websites tell you who they are and their mission.

If a website is not a well known organization or educational institution, do some research into their credentials.

Remember when you are on the Internet it is "Buyer Beware"!

More Tips

Generally you are looking for sites that are:

  • Authoritative (written by experts in the field)
  • Well documented (include references/links to scientific or peer-reviewed articles and websites)
  • Current (regularly updated)

Things to look at:

  • Top-level domain (e.g. .edu, .org)
  • Whether the entity makes sense
  • "About," "Mission," "Philosophy" pages -- check them out
  • Info on who owns the site at WhoIs.net
  • Political/ideological bias
  • Details about the website and its authors in Google
  • Whether the organization is trying to influence public policy -- see what SourceWatch has to say about the organization (but double-check their info too!).
  • Who links to it (Google search: link: URL)
  • Site details in Alexa.com (reviews, traffic, links, etc.)

More info? Read Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley)

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