Select Your Research TopicDictionariesEncyclopediasThesauri (Thesauruses)
Encore Description & Step-By-StepFind & Use eBooksKeywordsFind Books on the Shelves
Important Definitions & LocationsPeriodical CitationsBasic Steps to Search an Online DatabaseEBSCO DatabaseProQuest DatabaseNewspapers
Full-Text Periodicals E & PrintInterlibrary LoanStudents at Carbon, Donley, & Morgan CentersLocal LibrariesSummary
Additional ResourcesExamples of Almanacs & Statistical ResourcesStatistical Abstract of the United StatesExamples of Government SourcesExamples of Professional OrganizationsFind Audiovisual ResourcesConsult with a Librarian
Important TermsThe Internet: DefinitionFacts & AdviceAccess a Web SiteSearch EnginesThe "Invisible Web"Using Wikipedia
Evaluating a Web SiteVERY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONSDomain NamesWhat Is Its Purpose?Personal Web PagesWho Is Its Author/Producer/Sponsor?Where Did This Web Site Originate?Helpful Web Site
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The College English I Workbook is an ENG 105 assignment worth 15% of your grade. This guide contains information from the workbook's eight chapters, minus the self-check questions.
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  • Knowing how to conduct research on the Internet is much more than knowing how to "surf." It requires extended skill and luck.
  • Unlike the editorial boards that examine and approve the information published in scholarly and technical journals, few quality or accuracy controls exist for the Internet.
  • Be extremely cautious when using web sites found by a search engine (e.g., Yahoo,, Bing, Google, etc.)
  • Much of the information on the web is there to sell you something or sway your opinion.
  • Internet web sites are "susceptible to both accidental and deliberate alteration." 
  • To research a topic thoroughly, use a variety of web and non-web sources.
  • Consider everything on the Internet to be copyrighted unless otherwise noted.
  • Read the next chapter, Evaluate Resources, before using information from the Internet in any of your assignments.

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