Topic Select the topic for your research paper. This is the theme you will use to compare and contrast two different civilizations



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Research Paper Assignment:
Topic & Bibliography


Topic

1. Select the topic for your research paper. This is the theme you will use to compare and contrast two different civilizations.

Highlight in the list below the topic you will focus on in your research paper.

Conflict

Women


Culture

2. Select two civilizations to compare and contrast in your paper.

Highlight two civilizations for which you will compare and contrast the topic above.

You should have one selection from the two on the left, and one from the two on the right.

Classical Greece India

2100 BC-1500 BC 350 BC-AD 600
vs.

Rome China



750 BC-AD 500 350 BC-AD 600

Bibliography

After selecting your topic and the two civilizations you will compare and contrast, your next step in developing your research paper is identifying excellent Web resources where you can find the information you will need later when you develop your paper’s thesis statement and outline.




A critical aspect of creating a good bibliography of Web-based sources is assessing whether these sources are valid and dependable. Use the form below for each of the five Web sites you select to show that you have fully assessed the quality of each site.




Remember, you want sites that include content about your topic and the civilizations you are comparing and contrasting, all during the appropriate era. Answer the last question in each form to demonstrate how that Web site will provide information about your chosen topic and civilizations.




Web Site # 1 Title _______________________________________


URL (Web address) _______________________________________

Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)

Yes

No

Uncertain




Who is responsible for the site?

Is there an individual author?

Yes, author's name _______________________________

No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?

Yes, agency's name _______________________________

No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association?

Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________

No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency?

Yes

No




What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)

edu (educational)

net (network/utilities)

gov (government)

org (organization)

mil (military)

com (commercial)




Where can you find more information?

Is there an email address?

Yes, it is _____________________

No

Is there contact information other than an email address?

Yes, phone#/street address _____________________

No

Is there documentation (like a bibliography) for factual statements, assertions and secondhand information?

Yes, there are citations for sources

No

Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?

Yes, links/references for other viewpoints

No




Why was this site created?

To sell

To persuade

To advocate an agenda

To inform

Are advertisements (if any) appropriate for the content of this site?

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explain:




Prove Appropriateness: Write a sentence or two explaining why your trust this site to provide valid information.



Prove Usefulness: How will this Web site enable you to create a thesis statement and outline for your research paper? Write a sentence or two defining the specific ways this site will be useful.



Web Site # 2 Title _______________________________________


URL (Web address) _______________________________________

Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)

Yes

No

Uncertain




Who is responsible for the site?

Is there an individual author?

Yes, author's name _______________________________

No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?

Yes, agency's name _______________________________

No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association?

Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________

No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency?

Yes

No




What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)

edu (educational)

net (network/utilities)

gov (government)

org (organization)

mil (military)

com (commercial)




When was the site created or updated?

Date: ____/____/____ (Caution: if today's date, it is likely an automated dater)

No date




Where can you find more information?

Is there an email address?

Yes, it is _____________________

No

Is there contact information other than an email address?

Yes, phone#/street address _____________________

No

Is there documentation (like a bibliography) for factual statements, assertions and secondhand information?

Yes, there are citations for sources

No

Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?

Yes, links/references for other viewpoints

No




Why was this site created?

To sell

To persuade

To advocate an agenda

To inform

Are advertisements (if any) appropriate for the content of this site?

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explain:




Prove Appropriateness: Write a sentence or two explaining why your trust this site to provide valid information.



Prove Usefulness: How will this Web site enable you to create a thesis statement and outline for your research paper? Write a sentence or two defining the specific ways this site will be useful.



Web Site # 3 Title _______________________________________


URL (Web address) _______________________________________

Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)

Yes

No

Uncertain




Who is responsible for the site?

Is there an individual author?

Yes, author's name _______________________________

No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?

Yes, agency's name _______________________________

No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association?

Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________

No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency?

Yes

No




What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)

edu (educational)

net (network/utilities)

gov (government)

org (organization)

mil (military)

com (commercial)




Where can you find more information?

Is there an email address?

Yes, it is _____________________

No

Is there contact information other than an email address?

Yes, phone#/street address _____________________

No

Is there documentation (like a bibliography) for factual statements, assertions and secondhand information?

Yes, there are citations for sources

No

Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?

Yes, links/references for other viewpoints

No




Why was this site created?

To sell

To persuade

To advocate an agenda

To inform

Are advertisements (if any) appropriate for the content of this site?

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explain:




Prove Appropriateness: Write a sentence or two explaining why your trust this site to provide valid information.



Prove Usefulness: How will this Web site enable you to create a thesis statement and outline for your research paper? Write a sentence or two defining the specific ways this site will be useful.



Web Site # 4 Title _______________________________________


URL (Web address) _______________________________________

Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)

Yes

No

Uncertain




Who is responsible for the site?

Is there an individual author?

Yes, author's name _______________________________

No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?

Yes, agency's name _______________________________

No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association?

Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________

No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency?

Yes

No




What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)

edu (educational)

net (network/utilities)

gov (government)

org (organization)

mil (military)

com (commercial)




Where can you find more information?

Is there an email address?

Yes, it is _____________________

No

Is there contact information other than an email address?

Yes, phone#/street address _____________________

No

Is there documentation (like a bibliography) for factual statements, assertions and secondhand information?

Yes, there are citations for sources

No

Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?

Yes, links/references for other viewpoints

No




Why was this site created?

To sell

To persuade

To advocate an agenda

To inform

Are advertisements (if any) appropriate for the content of this site?

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explain:




Prove Appropriateness: Write a sentence or two explaining why your trust this site to provide valid information.



Prove Usefulness: How will this Web site enable you to create a thesis statement and outline for your research paper? Write a sentence or two defining the specific ways this site will be useful.



Web Site # 5 Title _______________________________________


URL (Web address) _______________________________________

Is this site a personal site? (look in the URL)

Yes

No

Uncertain




Who is responsible for the site?

Is there an individual author?

Yes, author's name _______________________________

No

Is the "author" a sponsoring agency?

Yes, agency's name _______________________________

No

Is the page sponsored by a "parent" organization or association?

Yes, sponsor's name _______________________________

No

Can you locate credentials for the author/association/agency?

Yes

No




What type of site is it? (What is the domain?)

edu (educational)

net (network/utilities)

gov (government)

org (organization)

mil (military)

com (commercial)




Where can you find more information?

Is there an email address?

Yes, it is _____________________

No

Is there contact information other than an email address?

Yes, phone#/street address _____________________

No

Is there documentation (like a bibliography) for factual statements, assertions and secondhand information?

Yes, there are citations for sources

No

Are there links to other viewpoints, if applicable?

Yes, links/references for other viewpoints

No




Why was this site created?

To sell

To persuade

To advocate an agenda

To inform

Are advertisements (if any) appropriate for the content of this site?

Yes

No

Uncertain

Explain:




Prove Appropriateness: Write a sentence or two explaining why your trust this site to provide valid information.



Prove Usefulness: How will this Web site enable you to create a thesis statement and outline for your research paper? Write a sentence or two defining the specific ways this site will be useful.


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