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EAPS 375: Fossil Fuels, Energy and Society

Evaluating Print and Web Resources

Print sources include information that enables the user to find it again, including author, title, date of publication, page numbers. Frequently, web based, non- subscription resources do not include the same information, which makes it much more difficult to cite in term papers. See Purdue Online Writing Lab's module on Evaluating Sources for more information. 

Keep a Bibliographic Trail

  • Collect author, title, date, publication information, standard numbers, web addresses, call numbers
  • Be able to find the source again and allows others to find the resources as well.
  • Variety of tools available to assist creating a bibliographic tool.
    • EndNote
    • EndNoteWeb -  Great if you primarily use Web of Science. 
    • Zotero - Better for collecting Internet, non-subscription resources. 
    • Mendeley - Better for collecting Internet, non-subscription resources. 
  • For web resources, print them immediately, write the full web address down, and make note of how you found it. Web pages change constantly!