Monthly Archives: September 2015

Scholarly Journals & Other Periodicals at Your Library

A periodical is anything that is published (or issued) on a regular basis. A daily newspaper, a weekly news magazine, a monthly journal, and an annual book series are all examples of periodicals. Below is a short tutorial by Georgia Perimeter College Libraries that will help you and your students to tell the difference between the many types of periodicals available in a library.


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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


iPadagogy Wheel

The iPadagogy Wheel shows teachers how to incorporate technology into the learning process.

Interactive PDF version —


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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


Evaluating Websites for Credibility

When evaluating a website for credibility, one of the first things to look at is the URL.

.com = Commercial site. The information provided by commercial interests is generally going to shed a positive light on the product it promotes. While this information might not necessarily be false, it might be only part of the picture. Remember, there’s a monetary incentive behind every commercial site to provide positive information, whether for good public relations or simply to sell a product.

.edu = Educational institution. Sites using this domain name are schools, from kindergarten through higher education. Information from sites within this domain must be examined carefully for point of origin. If the information is from an academic department or research center at an educational institution, it can generally be taken as credible. However, students’ personal Web sites are not usually monitored by the school even though they are on the school’s server and use the .edu domain.

.gov = Government. If you come across a site with this domain, then you’re viewing a federal government site. All branches of the United States federal government use this domain. Information such as census statistics, congressional hearings, and Supreme Court rulings would be included in sites with this domain. This information is considered to be from a credible source.

.org = Traditionally a non-profit organization. Organizations such as the American Red Cross or PBS (Public Broadcasting System) use this domain suffix. Generally, the information in these types of sites is credible and unbiased, but there are examples of organizations that strongly advocate specific points of view over others, such as the National Right to Life Committee and Planned Parenthood. You want to give this domain scrutiny. Some commercial interests might be the ultimate sponsors of a site with this suffix.

.mil = Military. This domain suffix is used by the various branches of the Armed Forces of the United States.

.net = Network. You might find any kind of site under this domain suffix. It acts as a catch-all for sites that don’t fit into any of the preceding domain suffixes. Information from these sites should be given careful scrutiny, and often is not considered to be credible.


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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Uncategorized


Controversial and Current Issues: General Websites

Pro-Con Websites is a non-profit education web site that pulls together excerpts of arguments on both sides of controversial issues. Overviews of issues, key questions, and links or references to the sources are included. Sources are rated for credibility.

You Debate 

Source for pro and con debates on controversial issues.

Public Opinion Websites

The Gallup Organization
This web site includes the results of opinion polls conducted in the United States. Much of the information is free, but there is also a premium subscription area.

The Polling Report 

An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.

Public Agenda 

Public Agenda provides unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life.

Science & Technology Websites 

For a wide-variety of scientific topics in the news, you can find articles and links to other resources

Statistics and Government Information Websites

Links to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.


Provides access to U.S. Government documents.

Homeland Security 

Official site for the Department of Homeland Security.

HotDocs:Government Documents in the News 

From Columbia University Libraries. “Full Text documents or reports on major governmental activities.” A little out of date. The last entry is from a year ago.

Public Policy Issues and Groups

Covers many issues and included links for government sites, indexes and directories, interest-group and other political sites, news and media coverage, research centers and other educational sites, and statistics.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 

Data from more than 100 sources about criminal justice in the U.S.

U.S. Census Bureau 

Find census information on Economics, Population, Housing, and more.

Almanac of Policy Issues 

“The Almanac of Policy Issues is an independent public service not affiliated with any particular issue or cause;” it attempts “… to present all sides of each issue and to do so in an unbiased, journalistic format.” Includes links to over 70 topics.

Alternative Press Center (APC) 

“The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press.” Includes links to over 425 publications.

American Civil Liberties Union

This organization’s mission is to defend the civil rights of all Americans, both citizens and noncitizens.

CRS Reports 

“The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of Congress.” This University of NorthTexas Libraries site makes some of the CRS reports available to the general public.

Ethics Updates

Links to Controversial Issues under “Applied Ethics”.

Internet Public Library (IPL) 

Links to over 40 social issue/social welfare websites, most of which are associations for specific causes/issues. Also links to IPL sub-pages for animal rights, crime, disabilities, housing/poverty, human rights, hunger, literacy, philanthropy/social service, public safety, and social work.

Social Issues 

A collection of websites on social issues compiled by Multnomah County Library.

U.S. News & World Report


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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Uncategorized