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ANTA01: Introduction to Anthropology - Becoming Human (Lecture Section 1)

Guidelines for Using Internet Sources

The Internet can be a tremendous resource of information on a huge range of topics. However, it is very important to remember that there is no quality control whatsoever about what is made into a web page.  This contrasts with the many levels of evaluation that occur before any book or article is published. 

When using the Internet, it is important to be very critical of the source of particular assertions. 

  • Who is the author of the web page you are using? Is he or she an academic, a student, or a non-specialist?  Consider if they are knowledgeable or trustworthy.
  • Is the information properly cited? Are the citations to reputable sources (e.g., refereed publications), or questionable sources (e.g., other web pages)?

We recommend using web pages only as starting points to provide you with places to look for more conventional reference sources like books and journal articles.

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