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Poetry: Internet

This Research Guides lists library and online resources related to finding information on poetry.

Website Examples

Google Search

Google Web Search

Add or to your Google search:

  • "Gwendolyn Brooks"
  • "Adrienne Rich"
  • "Robert Frost"
  • "Sylvia Plath"

Why Evaluate?

It is important to evaluate the quality of information provided by any resource that you use, but this is particularly so for websites. Since any person or organization can create a website, the user must take on the responsibility for determining the accuracy and relevance of the material on that site. This page serves as a guide to help you evaluate websites.

"...when presented with a new site that needs to be evaluated, professional fact-checkers don’t spend much time on the site itself. Instead they get off the page and see what other authoritative sources have said about the site." 

~From Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, Chapter 16 "What Reading Laterally Really Means," by Michael A. Caulfield

The ABC Test

Use the ABC test to help you determine the credibility of a website.


The source of the information

Who is the author, publisher, source, or sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
What do other scholars, professionals, instructors, etc. have to say about the author of the website?
Is there contact information such as a publisher or e-mail address?


The purpose and point of view of the information

What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, to teach, to sell, to entertain?
Do the authors or sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?


The timeliness of the information

When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work?
Are the links functional?