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There once were clearer lines between “print” and “web-based” sources. It is more 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 for help.
Follow the same steps to find out about the people or company behind the site.
Bottom line: on the web, it can be difficult to tell what type of source you’re looking at and whether or not it’s something that would provide quality evidence for your assignment. This video (4:31) will help you look more critically at your own search results.