My students might use:
MeL Computer Database
Gale Virtual Reference
Genreral Reference Center Gold
I added the MeL Database link to both of my new face of the classrooms for this term (using Schoology, rather than Weebly this term).
The first bogus site I evaluated was the Dog Island Free Forever Website. Generally speaking, this website looks cheap and is filled with adds. For that reason alone, I wouldn't stay on it long. To me, it looks like a homemade website. The writing is ambiguous and lacks details. There is no author, No currency. No real facts. No way to even verify what is written. Also, the idea itself is a little preposterous- Let's go send our pet away to an ISLAND. Doggy utopia? Sounds like the doggy version Lord of the Flies (sorry, nerdy English teacher moment). Seriously, in the products sections it offers you to buy a "doggy empathy leash" in which you attach your pets collar to "your collar" when you take them for a walk. Just looking at this website is irritating me! Web Fail.
The second bogus site I evaluated was the Goggle Pigeon Rank website. First of, at a GLANCE people may be confused as they see the Google logo and the links to credible individuals such as B.F. Skinner, psychologist. It also included graphs, which at a first glance look credible. However, if you read a SINGLE WORD you can tell it is totally made up. Finally, if you look at the website in big red letters it says "Created on April Fools Day 2002." Enough said.
For my easy citation makes, I used EasyBib, as this is the resource most of our students use and are familiar with. Here is my problem with EasyBib. It does A LOT. But students don't fill in the blanks when prompted. They just skip over to create citation. This is what they would have created:
"A Death in the Delta." Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.
When truly, using the appropriate ISBN (which was given in the link) this is the citation they should have created.
Whitfield, Stephen J. A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1991. Print.
Even accessing it digitally, they should give the full information from the print version (author and publisher), if they can get it (which they could, if they looked).
Ok. MLA citation rant finished.