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* Art: Websites

Using the Internet

There is no authority control for the Internet. In choosing Internet resources it is imperative to evaluate the authenticity of the source. Thinking Critically about Discipline-Based World Wide Web Resources (UCLA College Library) provides excellent evaluation criteria. The following selected resources have been chosen because of authenticity and comprehensiveness of coverage.

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Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906), Still Life with Apples, French, 1893 - 1894, Oil on canvas, 65.4 × 81.6 cm (25 3/4 × 32 1/8 in.), 96.PA.8. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906), Still Life with Apples, French, 1893 - 1894, Oil on canvas, 65.4 × 81.6 cm (25 3/4 × 32 1/8 in.), 96.PA.8. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

Art & Artists

Critical Analysis

Use these steps to evaluate your sources:

1. Initial Appraisal

  • Author: Credentials? Institutional affiliation?
  • Date of Publication: Current? Edition or Revision?
  • Publisher: University Press?  Journal or Magazine?

2. Content Analysis

  • Intended Audience: Student Level? Professionals?
  • Objective Reasoning: Fact or Opinion? Evidence? Objective?
  • Coverage: Marginally or extensively related? Primary or secondary source?
  • Style: Word choice? Organized argument?
  • Reviews: Cross reference?