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Study Skills: Online Verification Skills

Introductory Activity

Below are links to 2 websites.  Which would be the most reliable for research?  You have 5 minutes to decide and to give reasons for your decision.  This is an individual assignment.  Do not work with someone else.

The American Academy of Pediatrics

The American College of Pediatricians


School Policy on Wikipedia:  Read for background but do not cite!


Rule No. 1:  Use Wikipedia as a starting point for your research, but don't cite it unless you can exhaustively demonstrate that it is the only authoritative source on a particular issue.

Rule No. 2:  Re: Rule No. 1:  That doesn't mean that you should use the information from Wikipedia anyway and just not cite it.  It means that you should find other research sources.  Encyclopedias are only meant as starting points!  For example, you could find the bibliography in the Wikipedia article and look at the sources that the author of the article used.  You could also look to see if there is a list of links.  Check those out as well.

Rule No. 3:  If you are unsure, ask your teacher or librarian!