Watch this video to learn how to recognize scholarly and popular sources.
Be choosy when you search for web sources, as most websites tend to provide only a shallow treatment of topics, and that is not appropriate for college level work. Evaluate websites carefully using the CRAAP method.
For arguments, some instructors allow the use of ProCon.org. Make sure to ask your instructor's opinion before you use this website.
When looking for images or videos to use in class projects, keep the following in mind.
Sunflower at a field in Köcking, market town Eberndorf, district Völkermarkt, Carinthia, Austria, EU. Photographer:Johann Jaritz. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Essay/Speech topic: Cricket (the sport)
|What I want to say/discuss/write||Source I will use|
|I want to define what cricket is||I will get the definition from this article, which comes from Gale eBooks.|
|I want to explain how the game works||
These two sources contain descriptions of the game, and I will take some information from each for my speech.
|I want to talk about women in cricket.||
This source has information about women in cricket:
|I want to add some statistics about women in cricket||
I will get my statistics about women in cricket from this source:
|I want to discuss cricket in the USA||
These two sources have information about cricket in the USA. I will take some information from each of these.
|I want to mention how cricket can be a force for good, so I will discuss the outreach program "Cricket for Good"||
This site contains information about "Cricket for Good"
|I want to argue that playing cricket is more than just fun; it also provides many other benefits.||
This source contains information about the benefits of playing sports. I will apply this information about sports in general to my topic of cricket.
To cite sources, use the citation style required by your instructor; typically this is either the MLA style or the APA style. Avoid using citation generators (including the one that comes with Word), as they all introduce errors, and if you don't know how to cite from scratch, you will not recognize an error from the citation generator.