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Why Some Websites Are Better Than Others
Many people, companies, groups and businesses create websites. Some of these websites are designed to market their products or services to as wide an audience as possible. Other websites are written to promote the website owner's personal views.
Sometimes it can be hard to figure out if the information your given on such a website is reliable. When you're working on an essay or project for one of course, it's very important to know which sources of information meet the academic standards set by your lecturers.
This is why the Librarians here keep curated lists of online resources, which we know provide reliable information. So, next time you have work to do, why don't you check out our lists? Or come talk to us? We'll help you figure it out.
The Arts Council Ireland
The oficial body supporting the arts sector in ireland.
The British Film Institute
The YouTube channel of this British charity includes interviews, highlights from relevant festivals and more.
Internet Archive: Digital Library
This is a non-profit library of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Irish Film and Television Research Online
This resource is maintained by Trinity College Dublin. It includes three databases (Irish Film & Television Index, Irish Film & Television Biographies and the Irish Film & Television Bibliography) and the proceedings from the annual Irish Film Research Seminar.
Irish Film Institute
In existence since 1943, this institute's leading principles of persevering, exhibiting and educating the public about and through film are achieved through its archive, three cinemas and the various events it regularly curates.
This non-profit organisation records chapters from books and plays which are in the public domain and then releases the audio files online for free.
Macat on YouTube
Macat is a company that works to help businesses and colleges create resources to help their staff and students develop critical thinking skills.
Produced by the Irish Theatre Institute, this resource is comprimised of two comprehensive databases: Irish Playography and Playography na Gaeilge.
This resources holds over 58,000 free -e-books in which the U.S. copyright has expired.
Leading website of the performing arts community in Ireland.
How to Evaluate a Website
Before you use a website as a reference for a project or essay, here's a few questions you should ask about it:
Who has created the website?
What have they written about?
Where is the website supposed to be from? Where is it supposed to be about?
When are the events supposed to have happened? Can this be proven?
How have they written the website? What kind of language have they used? What kind of images have they used?
Why have they created the website?
If you find it difficult to find reliable answers to these questions, then this website probably isn't a good academic reference.