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HST371: African American Women in Slavery and Freedom: Evaluating & Citing Sources

Fall 2011, E. Pryor

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Using & Evaluating Web Sites

  • The internet is both a wonderful and perilous resource. Use it, but always with a critical eye. Keep the issues of authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and completeness at the forefront as you look at webpages.
  • Which of the two sites below is a better source for slave narratives?  Why?

Slaves' Narratives (Southern Messenger)

Born Into Slavery: Slaves Narratives (Library of Congress)

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask. (Univ. of California Berkeley Library)


Citing Sources

  • Remember to cite your souce, when either quoting directly or paraphasing. In other words, cite your source whenever you present an idea that isn't your own.
  • Websites must be cited in your notes/bibliography, too; if you cut and paste - or paraphrase - from a website, cite the webpage.
  • When in doubt, cite your source.
  • Remember to include a context for each quotation/paraphrase. Who said it? Why does it matter? How does this support or contradict the argument you're making?
  • Use Chicago Manual of Style format; see either the quick guide (Univ. of Wisconsin) or the full version. Or, you may use Turabian style (ref LB 2369 .T8 1996)
  • Or use the Landmarks Citation Machine, which offers quick citation help for Chicago and Turbanian.
  • For managing a large number of references, consider using RefWorks.

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