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Step One: Singer Ma Rainey was known as "The Mother of the Blues"; for this assignment, you will need to focus on something specific about her life and work. Start with a general source to get an overview of possible topics:
Use the URSUS Catalog to look for books, scores and recordings. In addition to books and ebooks available through Fogler Library, you will find materials at other libraries. You can Request print items available at other libraries to be sent here to Fogler.
Go to Menu, then Settings, then Library Links, set to University of Maine - Full-text, and Save to get access to Fogler Library journal subscriptions. Best results searching Gertrude Ma Rainey.
In evaluating information the concept of Authority generally refers to the author's (or if not an individual author, the organization's) credibility, i.e. why are they qualified to create this particular information.
To help evaluate this:
Look for information about the author/organization within the information itself
For individuals, search the databases by Author to see examples of other scholarly writing
Also for individuals, see if the author is cited in other information you have found
Google the author's name( or the organization, if an unsigned source) to see if you find out more about them
Let's evaluate the following four sites for Authority. Does/do the creator(s) have the credentials to provide relevant, well-researched information? Remember to look for individual authors and the publication/organization to help determine your answers.