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ENG101: First-Year Composition (Beattie)

This guide was designed to support students enrolled in ENG101, however, others researching for ENG might also find the content useful.

Domain searches

Why use it?  

  • Limits the search to more credible websites.  For example, those belonging to government agencies, universities and professional organizations. paranormal psychology (.edu limits to educational sites) paranormal events (.gov limits to governments sites) haunted houses ( limits to Arizona government sites) filmmakers (.org limits to organizations and associations but also commercial sites - use with CAUTION) unexplained phenomena (.mil limits to military sites)  

Site searches

Why use it?

  • Limits searches to one specific site that the researcher finds especially useful. unexplained events haunted houses (Search limited to the Parapsychological Association)  

Statistics search

Why use it?


Government agencies and professional organizations are an excellent source of statistics. paranormal tourism~statistics horror movies~statistics

Web Evaluation

It is important for a researcher to evaluate any resource for reliability and usefulness.  The following are the general elements considered when reviewing a resource.   

Author/Publisher or Sponsor What is their knowledge of the subject or expertise in the field? Do they have a vested interest in a certain point of view?  Pay close attention to an author's word choice, omissions, the limiting of debate, framing of the story, and the selection and use of sources.  Bias influences include geography, affiliations and the nature of the medium.
Audience Is the information appropriate for an academic audience?
Date Is something more current needed?
Accuracy Are there errors?  Is the resource fact or opinion based?
References Are there citations?  Are the cited sources reliable?

Citing websites and webpages

What is the difference between a website and a webpage?  A website is a collection of pages and a web page is a single part of a website.  



Website Title. Publisher, Publication Date (Day Month Year), URL. Date of Access (Day Month Year).  

Web page:

Author (if any). "Page Title." Website Title, Publisher (if name is different from

     website title), Publication Date (Day Month Year), URL.  Date of Access (Day

     Month Year).   

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