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ENC 1102: Finding Literary Criticism & More (Dale Mabry): Tutorials and help sheets

Selected websites and library resources for researching works of literature.

Tutorials and help sheets for searching library resources and evaluating results

Searching library resources

Evaluating results

Think carefully about the sources you are finding in your searches. The tools below can help you evaluate how suitable a source might be for your purposes.

Currency - How recent is the information?

Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor? What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?

  • Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion? Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?