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SPAN 1000: Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature (Long): First Research Steps

This is a course guide for the First Year Seminar SPAN 1000 Cultural Difference through Hispanic Literature

Finding your Keywords

Keywords help you find information.



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Relaible vs Non-relaible

You may find sources in the Internet or in your university library's catalog, no matter where you look, always evaluate a source.


  • Is the information current enough for your needs?
  • When was it published?


  • Is the information based on fact or opinion?
  • Are the claims supported by facts and trustable data?
  • Is the information well-balanced, objective, and non biased? 
  • Does the author attribute sources?


  • Who is the author?
  • What is the affiliation of the author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • What publishing house supports the publication?


  • Is the article/book peer-reviewed?
  • Do you see grammatical errors?
  • Does it look legitimate?
  • Does the author provides contact information?


  • What is the intent of the work?
  • What is the domain of a website?
  • Who is the target audience?

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