Category Archives: Information Literacy

Master’s Project/Thesis Resources

Getting started on your master's project or thesis? Here at the Journalism Library, we have lots of resources to help you get started! If you'd like to look at master's projects/theses from past students, you can access the 2010-2013 ones in Journalism. The 2009 and earlier projects/theses are located on the second floor of Lehman Library. Use our Master's Projects and Theses Index to find specific titles or authors.

Doing some background research? Tackling an academic subject or something not adequately tracked by publicly available sources? Try searching in our library databases. For science topics, try Scopus or Web of Science; for humanities, social sciences, and general topics, try ProQuest or Academic Search Complete.

Looking for books on writing, editing, or copy-editing? We've got them, as well as online access to the AP Stylebook!

Want to save all your links, articles, and resources in one spot? Want to make formatting your citations easy? Try using Zotero!

Still not finding what you need? Email or tweet Starr, your Journalism Librarian, with any questions or to request a research appointment. I'm happy to help!

Students Reading Periodicals

Evaluating Information on the Internet

The World Wide Web is a composite collection of content created and hosted on the internet by millions of organizations and individuals. In order to effectively evaluate the information, consider the following criteria:

Authorship –

Currency –

  • Is the information provided timely? This is particularly important in areas of science, technology, health, and politics.
  • Is publication date or “last updated” date included with the information?
  • If the information is dated or historical, does the document refer to the source and year, e.g. “Based on 1990 U.S. Census data”?

Objectivity –

  • Does the author or web page sponsor have a bias?
  • Is more than one viewpoint expressed on the topic?
  • Does the author or publishing body have a particular agenda?

Coverage –

  • Is the information freely available?
  • Is the site complete or under construction?
  • Does the information have a print equivalent?

Accuracy/Verifiability –

  • Does the information include references to experts in the field or rely on other sources?
  • Does the information include a bibliography?
  • Was an explanation offered on how the data was gathered and interpreted?

Please ask if you need help in evaluating a particular internet resource – journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu or IM the Columbia Librarians!