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AAAS 155: Hip-Hop History and Culture

Recommended resources and strategies for research in Professor Chad William's class, AAAS 155: Hip-Hop History and Culture

Websites

There are many great resources freely available online, but you must be sure to carefully evaluate any websites you come across. The questions to below are meant to help you evaluate websites. 

Examples of high-quality, reputable sources are listed below:

Questions to help you evaluate websites

Author
Who is the website's author?
What are the author's credentials? Is he or she an expert?
Does the author have bias? (Remember that a bias may not be directly stated.)
If no author is listed, why do you think that is?

Host
Who hosts the site?
What is their purpose?
Does the host have bias?  (Remember that a bias may not be directly stated.)
What is the domain extension? This can help you determine how reputable a website is. For example, .gov is the domain for United States government sites and .edu is for US educational institutions.

Sources
Does webpage cites credible sources?

Currency
Is the site regularly updated?