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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Web Sites Usually Fall into One of These Categories: 

  • Advocacy:  Often attempt to influence public opinion. Mainly useful for analyzing the organizations themselves. Domain suffix is usually .org. (Not all .org web sites are reliable! Some have been created by companies to market their products or services, but disguised as organizations.) Examples:             

  •  Business/Marketing: Commercial web sites that generally intend to sell their products or services. Sometimes provide information (balanced or biased) or other entertainment (games, music, etc.) to attract customers. Domain is usually .com. Examples:                            

  •  Information: Tend to present factual information. Will require critical evaluation to verify reliability. Domain is usually .edu, .gov, .mil, or .org. (.edu stands for "education," .gov stands for "government," .mil stands for "military," .org stands for "organization") Examples:     

  •  News: Provide current information. Usually include advertisements and might charge a fee for full access. Domain is usually .com. Examples:


  •  Personal: Usually for the promotion of an individual's ideas. May be informative or useless. Domain is usually .com, .net, or .edu (~ usually indicates a student or professor). Examples: 


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