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Websites and evaluation
The websites you will find on this page were specifically selected by the Library in consultation with your professor to support your research. As a result, you can trust that they will be reliable sources of information.
However, it is important that you always think critically about any source you use. This is particularly important when using sources that you have found on the internet. To help you with this, the College has developed a simple test, the PAARC test, that you can use with any resource.
Here is a list of useful online sources to help you with your research.
CliffsNotes: Literature Study Guides (Website)
While Cliffnotes are not considered scholarly sources, they are fairly reliable as an introduction to a text, and can be useful for your initial research. Search for a text using the browsable list. Some guides include audio files and/or apps for tablets.
Internet Movie Database - IMDB (Website)
The Internet Movie Database contains brief descriptions of thousands of films and television series, including names of writers, directors, producers, and full cast lists.
Sparknotes: Literature Study Guides (Website)
Sparknotes are not considered to be scholarly sources. However, they can still be a good resource for plot summaries and some analysis. To search, go to the Sparknotes Literary Guides section of the website and use the browsable list. Note that the main Sparknotes website focusses more on popular culture, so you will need to go to the Literature Guides subpage to find what you need.