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Use the CABLE Method to Evaluate Resources
- Currency (When?) When was it published or last updated? Are references to other resources up to date?
- Authority (Who?) Who wrote the information and what are their credentials? Is additional information about the author available?
- Bias (Why?) What does the author say is the purpose of the resource? Is more than one point of view presented?
- Level (What?) How useful is this information for your purpose? Does it cover your subject in enough depth? Do you feel comfortable citing this page in a college-level assignment?
- Explore (Where?) Has the author published other useful information? Do you have access to the cited resources? Are there similar or more definitive resources on this subject matter?
Adapted from: The Library Instruction Cookbook "CABLE Cook-off: Learning to Evaluate Web Sites" (90-91)
South Carolina History
A division of the College of Charleston, Avery’s focus is the African American experience in South Carolina, with emphasis on Charleston, and the Lowcountry.
SCIway (History & Genealogy)
The largest and most comprehensive directory of South Carolina information on the Internet.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
The SCDAH's mission is to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of SC through professional records, historic preservation, and education programs.
South Carolina Digital Library
The South Carolina Digital Library provides free access to historic materials, such as photographs, manuscripts, journals, books, oral histories, objects, etc. illustrating the history and culture of South Carolina from over 40 cultural heritage institutions across the state.
Improve your Google Search
Understanding Web Domains
The domain of a website provides basic information about the creating entity of the site. This information helps you to determine the site's authority.
|| Source Types
For example, if you are looking for a government website you will most likely go to a site with .gov in the web address. (ex. http://www.census.gov/).
Limit by Domain (.org, .gov, .edu, .mil) use site:
- "art museum" site:.gov will retrieve results with art museum as a phrase in .gov (government) sites.
- "art museum" site:.gov
- "Frida Kahlo" "The Bus" site:.org