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ID 201 Transition Success Online Programs: Week Four: Managing Your Resources

This guide is designed to help transfer students make a successful transition to Limestone University.

Financial Aid & Business Office

For families and single students, college is both crucial to success and challenging to fund. The Financial Aid Office at Limestone University is committed to serving the financial needs of our students. Once a student is accepted to Limestone, we begin working to build a financial aid package customized to each student's needs.  NOTE: Approximately four weeks after you complete and submit your FAFSA , your Limestone University financial aid package will be ready.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-795-7151 or 864-488-8231 or by email or fax 864-488-4596.

The Business Office is located on the second floor of the Curtis Administration Building in Offices 201 and 202. Regular Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The Business Office offers a variety of services to the faculty, staff and students of Limestone University such as: You can view your Account History by logging into the Halo, and check cashing up to $50.00 with proper identification during regular business hours.

Understanding Source Types

Evaluating Social Media

Paul Bradshaw, a leading digital media expert and teacher in Europe, writes the Online Journalism Blog. In 2011, he wrote a post that provides a variety of basic guidelines about online verification with a section related to social media:

How long has the account existed? If it’s only existed since a relevant story broke (e.g. Jan Moir’s column; an earthquake where someone claims to be a witness) then it’s likely to be opportunistic.

Who did the person first ‘follow’ or ‘friend’? These should be personal contacts, or fit the type of person you’re dealing with. If their first follow is ReadWriteWeb, then it may be that you’re not actually dealing with a Daily Mail columnist.

Who first followed them? Likewise, it should be their friends and colleagues.

Who has spoken to them online? Ditto.

Who has spoken about them? Here you may find friends and colleagues, but also people who have rumbled them. But don’t take anyone else’s word for their existence unless you can verify them too.

Can you correlate this account with others? The Firefox extension Identify is a useful tool here: it suggests related social network accounts which you can then try to cross-reference. For companies the Chrome extension Polaris Insights does something similar for companies.

Video Tutorial

Website Evaluation Basics

There are several similar ways to remember the criteria for evaluating websites. Click on the Title of each for more explanation and a PDF handout.

CRAAP Test for website evaluation (credit for the CRAAP test goes to the librarians who developed it at CSU Chico)

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose


5 Questions (Univ. of California, Berkeley
Click here for a checklist.  

  • What can the URL tell you? (domain, publisher)
  • Answer these questions- scan perimeter of page (about us, philosophy, background, biography, currency, credentials, etc.)
  • Look for indicators of quality information (links, documentation/footnotes, credibility)
  • What do others say? (linking pages, listed in a reputable directory, what others say about the author)
  • Does it all add up? (why was page put on web, purpose, is this as reliable as resource as you would find in a library?)



Financial Literacy - Earning Money


Midterm Exam due this week!

Essay #1

Submit Essay #1 this week!

Ask A Librarian

This webpage has a list of Frequently Asked Questions students may find helpful: 

Ask A Librarian

Required Resources - Know Your Information Sources


Limestone University History:

When Limestone University was established in 1845, it was the first women's college in South Carolina and one of the first in the United States. Founders Dr. Thomas Curtis and son, Dr. William Curtis, distinguished scholars from England, sought to provide educational opportunities to those who had not otherwise had them. In the late 1960s, Limestone became fully coeducational.

Limestone's campus is a unique landscape of history and progress.

Limestone University Historical Marker: “Founded in 1845 as the Limestone Springs Female High School by Dr. Thomas Curtis and his son Dr. William Curtis, distinguished Baptist clergymen. The school thrived until falling on hard times during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In 1881 the institution was revived by New York benefactor Peter Cooper as Cooper-Limestone Institute. Renamed Limestone University in 1898.”

Nine buildings on the main campus are included on the National Register of Historic Places plus Nesbitt's Quarry and Limestone Springs Baptist Church (previously owned by the College). All nine buildings have undergone major renovations. Although these historic buildings offer a picture of Limestone's past, they also house the modern technology necessary to make Limestone a liberal arts college with a view of the future.

Limestone University is an accredited, independent, coeducational, four-year liberal arts institution chartered by the state of South Carolina. Our programs lead to a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science degree.

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