How To Use The ASL Gateway

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Your research can start either with a specific topic, or with a specific medium. Therefore the ASL Gateway provides two basic categories: ‘Search by Medium’ or ‘Search by Subject’. Using the former approach enables you to quickly find resources your professor recommended.

The ‘Search by Medium’ tool provides different media such as books, periodicals, databases, web resources, and news websites. This additionally gives you the opportunity to look for possible paper topics—if you are interested in a time period, you can easily find hundreds of Newspaper articles from that period. That will help you to specify your interest and find possible topics for your paper or your oral presentation.

Using the ‘Search by Subject’ tool allows you to choose among a number of broader topical categories (General, History, Minority and Women’s Studies, and Politics), and then browse through a number of links, which may contain various types of resources (websites, ebooks, databases). This tool enables you to specify and deepen your knowledge in a particular research field and to formulate a research thesis.

All links provided by the ASL Gateway are briefly annotated to help you find out more effectively whether a particular resource is useful to you.

Some sources will are only available from the University network or via VPN. If you have trouble with using either of them please visit the University library’s IT Consult and Support hours.

With the extensive expansion of the Internet it has become more difficult to evaluate the masses of information you find. While you may find very good resources linked in some online encyclopedias, you need to put in extra effort to evaluate the reliability of such sources. The nature of websites like Wikipedia, wherein anybody may add and edit information, makes this model more vulnerable to questionable information.

We at the ASL Gateway spend considerable time to evaluate the quality of resources that we provide. Our aim is to provide you with a small selection of quality-checked resources to start your research, whether you are a student, a teacher, or in continuing education.

It is crucial, nevertheless, that you critically examine all Internet sources, independent whether they are provided by the ASL Gateway or any other provider. In order to evaluate the content of websites, journals, books, and newspapers it is helpful to investigate the political, historical, cultural and social realms they come from.

Here are some useful links on how to evaluate sources on the Internet:

Evaluating Internet Resources

From the Georgetown University Library.

Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools

From the Cornell University Library.

Thinking Critically about Web 2.0 and Beyond

From the UCLA Library.

To the Student: Appropriate Use of Wikipedia

From UC Santa Barbara. 

Fallacy Files
Website by Gary N. Curtis, a logician from Indiana University in Bloomington. The website lists and explains logical fallacies and bad arguments that are omnipresent in the media, particularly in political rhetoric.

If you need some advice how to organize your sources with the help of your computer, please click here.

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