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TCC Library: Identifying web-based resources

Library "How do I...?"

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What's the difference "print" and "web-based" sources?

There once were clearer lines between “print” and “web-based” sources. It can be confusing now. Most print newspapers, magazines, and journals also have a web presence. Most of those websites replicate print content and also provide web-only content. Is a blog post on a newspaper’s website a blog post or is it a newspaper article? It can be very hard to tell.

This is the long way of saying — don’t be afraid to ask for help! It may seem like these are easy questions, but they are not. If you try the tips below and you’re still not sure how to identify a source, ask your instructor for help, or ask the Library for help (using the contact information at the bottom of this page).

Find out what you can about the publication.

  1. Look for an About page on the website.
  2. Look at the bottom of the page for a copyright or authorship statement.
  3. Find out if the company, organization, publication or individual has a Wikipedia page to learn more about them.
  4. Find out what you can about the organization, company or individual who publishes the website.

Watch video: Evaluating sources to find quality research (5:28)

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Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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