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Finding proper research references.

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Chinua Mosley

on 29 September 2012

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Mr. Chinua Mosley Finding Proper Science Fair References You can't just stick your topic into google
and use whatever you find as information for you science fair project. You have to use information from sources that can be trusted. Wikipedia.org About.com Ezinearticles.com Answers.com Answers.Yahoo.com Buzzle.com These websites and similar websites can't be trusted. Anyone can post any information on the internet, whether it is true or not You have to use information from proven experts. The next couple of frames will show you what to look for. How can you tell whether a website is trustworthy or not? If you see ads for Toyota, Coca Cola, and other brands that you know, it is a good indication that the website is trustworthy. 1. Check to see if large companies that you know advertise on the site. If you go to a website and the links on the website don't work or go to where they're supposed to go to, it is a clue that you can't trust the website. 2. Does the website have "dead links" or links to moved pages? If the pictures on the website don't have anything to do with the facts, it is a clue that the website is not trustworthy. 3. Do the images support the stated facts? 4. Is the site hosted by a credible provider and reside in a "trustworthy" domain Usually the domain (.com, .org are known as domains) matches the website’s content. For example, the ‘official’ Vatican website resides in the Vatican State and has the extension .va (see vatican.va/). The Vatican parody site ends with the domain .com (see popedope.com). more on domains can be found at: http://www.sosig.ac.uk/desire/offline/3_5.html. If the website has references that you can check, it is likely to be trustworthy. 5. Does the website have references? Doctorates from a recognized university in the websites content usually indicates trustworthy information 6. Are the site's authors experts in the subject? If you can't contact the people that wrote the information, it is likely the website isn't trustworthy. 7. Is there contact information listed on the website? If a website doesn't look professional, have few spelling errors, or have proper grammar it is probably not trustworthy. 8. Is the website professional? If the website that you view has 2 or more clues that it is untrustworthy, don't trust it and find another site. Any website that tells you how to do your experiment does not count as an article. Some final notes... For example: If one of my main ideas is "What is a water culture hydroponics system?" I'm not going to put that full question in the search bar. I will, however try these combinations:
Water culture hydroponics
Water culture
Hydroponics When searching for articles based on your main ideas, put as few words as possible in the search box. The bibliography information that you need for each type of article can be found on the last 2 pages of the Science Research Paper Scaffold. A copy of this scaffold can be found on the class website in the "Class Documents and Links" tab. Always write the bibliography information for each article you look at.
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