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Evaluating Online Resources
Online resources are often used when researching, but one should be careful in evaluating the information provided.
Below are some criteria to consider before including information from an online source in your research.
- Is it clear who is responsible for the pages (a person, organization, corporation, etc.)?
- What are the author's qualifications for writing about this subject? Consider education, experience, title, etc.
- Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors? These kinds of errors indicate a lack of quality control.
- Can you verify the information in another source? Is this information cited by others?
- Are any biases clearly stated? Is their any incentive for bias (e.g., one political party writing about the opposing political party)?
- Is there advertising on the page? If so, is it clearly differentiated from the informational content?
- When was the page written or revised?
- Are there any other indications that the material is updated?
- Does it give too little or too much information?
- Is it clear the page has been completed, or is it still under construction?
PASCAL Delivers With a couple of clicks, search for and request books from other SC academic libraries.
PASCAL Delivers is a rapid book delivery service for students, faculty, and staff at South Carolina colleges and universities. With PASCAL Delivers you can search library holdings of colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina.
1. Click on this button when you see it in the Catalog.
If you are looking at search results, your search will be repeated in the PASCAL Delivers catalog.
If you are looking at a single item, you will be able to see which PASCAL Delivers libraries own that item.
Specialized Research Consultations
Research consultations offer assistance tailored to individual research needs.
Examples of what consultations can help with:
- selecting the best resources for your research area/assignment
- accessing and navigating electronic resources
- developing search strategies
- discovering and locating primary source materials
- searching the web for relevant and reliable information
To schedule, contact Jean Clenney or the Business Library (803.777.6032).