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Local History

Evaluating Websites

Before you use material from the Internet, evaluate the site.


WHO- is the author or sponsor?

Is it a reliable person, site?


WHAT- information is provided?

Does it match other information from valid sources?


WHEN- was the information posted/ updated?

Is it current?


WHERE- does the information come from?

Is it a reputable source such as .edu or .gov?


WHY- is the information there?

Is it there to inform and educate without bias?

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a great resource as well- especially if you are looking for articles written before 1860. 

Every person who lives, works or goes to school in New York can get a New York Public Library card. That means that all NCC students are eligible! 

You can apply for a card in person or you can apply for a card online. You can validate your card in-person and now you can also validate your card by scanning the required forms of identification and emailing it to the library.

There are many branches of the New York Public Library that you can visit.

Once you have a valid NYPL card, you can use databases such as: American Periodicals (1740-1940), American History, and Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture.

If you have questions, please contact me using the information in my profile box (in the Additional Help tab) or call the NYPL @ 917-ASK-NYPL/ 917-275-6975.

Domains

The domain tells you the source of your website.

.EDU = college or university

.GOV = government agency

.ORG= organization

.COM = commercial website

.NET = network

For reliable information, look for sources with .edu or .gov endings.