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You are now required to record the full bibliographical details for 3 of the sources you have identified. Two of these sources must be websites and the third source must be a source other than a website. Examples of non-website sources: a book, magazine, PDF, pamphlet, video or interview. Using the URL’s that you already copy-pasted into your Research Questions table, retrieve the full details for the three tables.
In this post:
- 2 website sources
- 1 not-a-website source
- Looking under every stone
2 website sources
In the post Phase 1 report outline you created 2 tables for recording the full source details of 2 of your website sources in your Appendices:
|Source for Question 1: website|
|Name of website|
|Name of webpage|
|Date created (& last updated)|
Note specifically that I have included rows to record the name of the website and the name of the webpage used in two separate rows as separate pieces of information (you will need both pieces of information). Well-written articles from reliable sources should include all the required information. If, for example, the author’s name is not available, it is an indication that the person that wrote the piece is not an authority on the topic and that you should consider looking for a better source. You will, in any case, be asked to evaluate each source and one of the criteria is authority — if you use a source by an unknown author you will not be able to fulfil that requirement.
1 not-a-website source
The third table is for the details of a third, non-website source, like a video, book or PDF:
|Source for Question 3: book|
Remember that this is a formal report so you must type dates in the full, long date format, e.g: 25 April 2021.
Looking under every stone…
Sometimes this information is not readily available in the source material. If for example, the author of the page does not appear on the page, inspect the source code, and check to see if the relevant information exists in the meta tags.
- Open the webpage in Google Chrome
- Right-click on the webpage & click on the View page source option.
- Press CNTRL+F on the keyboard to search the source code for meta tags:
- search for: author
Your search might then return the following commonly used meta tags:
<meta name=“author” content=“Another Learner”>
Next step: Create your Bibliography