Think about these things when you look at a website, to decide if the information is useful.
Use the basic part of a URL with site: to have Google search only that website.
"residential schools" site:gc.ca to search for residential schools on all Government of Canada (federal) websites.
potlatch site:ubc.ca to search for the word potlatch on the UBC website.
"truth and reconciliation" site:cbc.ca to search for truth and reconciliation information on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation site.
site:gov.bc.ca to search on the website of BC's provincial government.
1. When was this website written? (http://indigenousfoundations.web.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/)
2. Do the authors of this web page tell you where they found the information? Do they have a list of references? (http://indigenousfoundations.web.arts.ubc.ca/the_residential_school_system/)
3. Is this web page a good source for researching treaties (and agreements) in Canada? (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/ntreaty.asp)
4. What does the author of this website think about the Anglican Church? (http://www.jesusofnazareth.ca/residential-schools-2013.html)
Background information gives you the basics of a topic so you know enough to start searching for more detailed information. Use books, encyclopedias, or Canadian Points of View.
Search articles for information on very specific aspects of your topic. Depending on your research question, a topic-specific database might be useful.
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