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PORT 1111 -Brazilian Cinema -- Legg: Evaluating Sources

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This brief video gives an overview of ways to distinguish between popular magazines & scholarly journals -- and why it matters.

Some thoughts on Wikipedia

 Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has made finding background information incredibly easy.  But if you are planning to use it as a key resource for your research beware:

  • Wikipedia and other encylopedias (whether in print or online) do not qualify as scholarly resources. 
  • Encyclopedias are a good place to start your research, but not are generally not considered acceptable sources to cite.
  • The collaborative and dynamic nature of Wikipedia presents a number of additional concerns regarding the quality and authority of the entries.