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COMM 110 -- Prof. Gage: Home

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This guide is your personal library for finding reliable, quality information for your Effective Speaking assignments.  There's a page for each assignment that you can see by clicking on the tabs at the top of the guide.  Each page has the resources that should work best for that assignment, along with instructions and help options.

The types of sources that will be best for you depend on your topic, so don't expect every source you try to have information.  If you need help figuring out the best sources for your topic, or have any other research questions, post to the "Questions for the Librarian" discussion in the course space in Canvas, send me a message, or visit the reference desk of the library on your campus.

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

The Oxford Dictionary of English (revised edition). Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Bucks County Community College. 10 February 2010

Why talking about plagiarism is so important? You will find more information on the BCCC Tutoring Center website:

Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating Web sites?
There is a lot of good information to be found online. That said, there is much to consider when using a web source.
Consider the following:

  • What is the the domain (e.g.: .org, .com, .edu, etc.)?
  • Is an author listed? Is there any indication of the author's credentials or institutional affiliation?
  • Is there any indication of the date of the information?
  • Can you corroborate information with a published source?

Still not sure? Then give the web site the CRAAP test:

Currency – Has the site been updated recently?  Do the links still work? Do the graphics still load? When was the article copyrighted?

Relevance – Is this article about the topic you’re researching? Who is the intended audience (college students, K-12, professors)?

Authority – What are the author’s credentials? What is the publisher’s angle? Is contact information provided?

Accuracy – Are sources cited for the claims made? Has the information been reviewed? Can you verify the facts? Are there spelling or other errors?

Purpose – Is the article intended to persuade? Does the author make the intent clear? Does it seem impartial or biased?

 

 

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