Criteria for evaluating websites include:
Remember to examine websites carefully before using them for research purposes. If you still aren't sure, ask a librarian or your professor for assistance.
Virtual libraries . . .
♦ Provide directories of carefully selected Web resources.
♦ Include annotations (summaries) of the selected websites.
♦ Are usually maintained by librarians or other information specialists.
♦ Furnish the quality control that is lacking in web search engines.
Users can usually browse by subject or search. For example, see:
Finding Dulcinea: Librarian of the Internet. (If the search feature does not work, try this link.)
See also the Library of Congress's Virtual Reference Shelf, which includes "selected online resources for research," and Alcove Nine: An Annotated List of Reference Websites.
While writing research papers, you may need to:
♦ List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and
♦ Provide either footnotes or endnotes.
Here is a link to the UMW Libraries' Guide to Citing Resources.
New Dominion Virginia: Architectural Style Guide
An index of architectural styles in Virginia that "relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles."
A comprehensive directory designed to “foster the preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, cultural resources, and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public.”
Resources (University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Department)