The best way to learn about a particular subject that I am writing about in class other then the class textbook is through the internet. That is a great way to find additional information to add credibility to your paper, but you must be careful. Just because you find a particular web site about the subject you are researching does not make it credible. Anyone can own a web site, so you must research them before you use them for your paper. Let us talk about how to spot a credible web site. In our class learning course material section, you will see a video showing you how to spot an authoritative web site. The address is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_qR5lpnXBE and it is a great help. First, there are many different types of domain names.
.com (these are commercial sites)
.edu (these are educational sites)
.gov (these are government agencies sites)
.org (these are usually non-profit organizational sites like churches, charities etc). Now let us talk about credible web sites. Credible web sites have what are known as Ethos which translates to Ethos = Credibility. They offer ways to look for the credibility of the author/or publisher. Authoritative sites may have an opinion or slants that are based on verifiable facts. Authoritative = Credibility = Ethos What you need to do is go down to the bottom of the sight of the home page to find out who is the publisher of the site. There is also other information that you can find about a web site in its bottom page. The publisher must offer proof by describing its media reach and by offering other names and data. Many sites are not authoritative and not all of their sources are credible. So look out and do your research so the information that you find on the internet is credible. In addition, the Ashford Online Library is a great tool that helps students who are doing research on a particular subject. I downloaded, and printed the twenty-page tutorial and I found it was easy to...
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