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Poetry Alive Guide: Websites

Resources for poetry from around the world

Criteria for evaluating web sites

This list is a guide for evaluating information found on the Internet.   It can also be applied to print sources and media. 

 ACCURACY -- How reliable is the information?  Remember, almost anyone can publish on the web.  As opposed to scholarly print media, many web sites are not verified.  There are no web standards to ensure accuracy.

 AUTHORITY -- What are the author’s qualifications for writing on this subject?  How reputable is the publisher?  It is often difficult to determine the authorship and qualifications.  The publisher information is often absent.

 OBJECTIVITY -- Is there bias?  Are the goals or aims of the individual or group clearly stated?  Remember that many people consider the web as a place to state their opinions.

 CURRENCY -- Is the content up-to-date?  Often dates are omitted or may mean the date that the information was originally written, the date it was placed on the web, or the date it was last revised.

 COVERAGE -- What topics are covered and to what depth?  Coverage may differ from print resources.

 AFFILIATION -- Is there a corporate entity (i.e. company, government, organization, university) that supports this site?  Is there a link to the homepage of the organization?  Is there contact information such as an email link and a snail mail address?  How might this affiliation affect objectivity?

 AUDIENCE -- For what audience is the material intended?  Is it for students in elementary school?  Middle school?  High school?  Is it for adults?  How difficult is the material?

 STABILITY OF INFORMATION -- It’s here today but will it be here tomorrow?  Can you cite it with some assurance that it will be found again?

Websites which have been evaluated

Here are some suggested web sites which contain poems from different countries.

Search Engines

We all go to Google first!  Using a search engine can mean millions of hits.  The following suggestions can help you construct a search that will come up with good results and save you time by eliminating non-useful sites.

Use the ADVANCED SEARCH--Unfortunately Google has made it difficult to find this!  You have to start typing in a search and after you do that, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and choose ADVANCED SEARCH.

  • all the words - enter the words that must appear in your results
  • an exact wording or phrase - enter words that have to be together -for example: Egyptian Poems
  • one or more of these words - use this when more than one word will get you results - for example: Chicano Chicana Hispanic Latino Latina.  This improves your chances of finding what you need
  • BUT DON'T SHOW PAGES THAT HAVE... lets you enter words you don't want in your results.
  • File type can be useful because you can limit your results to  Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Adobe Acrobat documents
  • SEARCH WITHIN A SITE OR DOMAIN -- If you type .edu here, you will only get results from educational institutions, .gov returns results from government sites.

    Check out Advanced Search.  As you create your search you can see how Google enters your terms and learn how to create a search yourself.

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