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SLS 1106 - First Year Experience Orientation: Useful Websites

This guide is intended to guide SLS students through certain benchmark assignments in the SLS 1106 course across all of HCC.

Website Evaluation tools

Think carefully about the sources you are finding and using. Here are some tools that can help:

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?

Finding Professional Associations on the Web

Professional Associations

Websites specific to your profession can be very helpful for this assignment. In particular, the website of a professional association can provide useful information about your career field. Professional associations are groups of practitioners in a career field who associate for continuing education, networking, sharing ideas, setting industry standards, and educating the public about their profession.

Try to find the website of a professional association in your career field.

Using    Google Advanced Search   type a keyword or phrase for your profession, plus any of the following words:   society   institute   association   group

Examples: