Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Stanford Key Information to Literacy

Evaluate the validity of authors, dates, and publishers.

Who's who is a good website to research for authors, their previous work, etc...Also use the Bibliography Resource Center:

Evaluate the motive of the publisher. When using a magazine or journal article, see if that periodical has a statement of the objective on the masthead or inside the front or cover.

Ask the librarian for relevant sources on the topic. The Scout Report ( rates pages for their quality. The Librarians' Internet Index ( is a well-regarded subject directory.

The Stanford Honor Code is the guide for ethical research:

Style Guides:

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA style is often used by students in the social sciences.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The MLA (Modern Language Association) style is often used by students studying English Literature or Languages..

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
This commonly-used style by Kate Turabian is a student version of a longer guide, The Chicago Manual of Style.

Style guides are in the collection of the Green Library Information Center or in other library reference collections.

Bibliographic Tools: RefWorks is a bibliographic management software provided to Stanford Students:

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