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FYCO-02-01: Mass Media & Popular Culture: Internet & Media Resources

This guide provides resources for the First Year Seminar: Mass Media & Popular Culture

Suggested Websites

Useful Websites

DVDs in MU Library

Check out the Monmouth University Library's Media Collection!  You can find DVDs and videos on various issues.  Faculty can check out items from the Media Collection for a week (renewable), Administration & Staff for one week, and Students can check out media for 48 hours. 

  Evaluating Websites

The Internet provides access to a wide variety of sources, created by various individuals and groups. You should always evaluate the credibility of a website before using it as a source for your research. Some criteria you should keep in mind when evaluating a site:



Who are the authors?

Does the author provide email or contact information?

What are their credentials?


Is the information accurate? Reliable?

Are the implications reasonable?

Is there evidence to support conclusions?

Are sources, references, or citations listed?



What is the purpose? What do authors hope to accomplish?

Is the information fact or opinion?

Is there implicit or explicit bias?

Are both sides of the issue examined?


Why was the page created?

Who is the audience?

Does it support scholarly research?

Is the information relevant to your topic?


Was the site updated recently?

Do the links work?

Is the information outdated?


Using Websites in Research

Cultivate an attitude of skepticism when it comes to web-based content.  If you have any doubt whatsoever about the reliability of any given website, clear it with your instructor or check with a librarian before you use it in your paper.

New York Times

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NPR News Updates

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FAIR Updates

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