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Evaluating Web Resources
Evaluating Internet Information
The internet provides useful, current
and interesting information as well as very biased, inaccurate or
incomplete information. The following criteria may help you determine whether to use a specific
web site for information.
* Look at the URL and determine
the type of domain (.com, .edu, .gov, .org, etc.). * Identify who created the site; this information may or may not be listed on
the website. * Find the author's or publisher's credentials; this information may or
may not be listed on the website. On many websites, the section called
'About Us' will provide this information.
* Consider the purpose of the site.* Find out when the site was created and how frequently it is updated. Check
to see when was it last updated. Older information may or may not be
useful to you. * Determine if the website provides unbiased information and/or covers
cover more than one side of the topic.
* Try to evaluate if the information factual or opinion.* Consider
whether the information can be verified elsewhere.
Industry Economic Accounts Information Guide
Recommended by DR. FERGUSON: A good source of information on the contribution of an industry to GDP. (FOR MBE 316/Ferguson: part of the Economic Forces section of the Macro-Environmental Scan)
Current Industrial Reports
The Current Industrial Report (CIR) program has been providing monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity for many years. The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products
Fortune 500 Daily & Breaking Business News - FORTUNE on CNNMoney.com
Business and financial news delivered throughout the day along with investing, financial, CEO, technology, and company information and trends, including FORTUNE lists and corporate snapshots.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
Industry History Websites
The Food Timeline
Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts.
Glossary of Marketing terms
The Quirks.com glossary has defined more than 1,600 marketing research terms. Search by term, definition or by marketing research topic.
The Reuters Financial Glossary has been developed to give quick access to definitions of terms and concepts used in the foreign exchange, money, equity, commodity and debt markets. Terms used in technical analysis and macro-economics are also included. It is fully cross-referenced and many terms have links to other websites that give additional information.
Don't forget about professional associations! They offer a wealth of information.
The Beer Institute
The Beer Institute was organized in 1986 to represent the industry before Congress, state legislatures and public forums across the country.
National Association of Home Builders
NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority.
National Automobile Dealers Association
The National Automobile Dealers Association, founded in 1917, represents more than 19,700 new car and truck dealers, both domestic and international, with more than 43,000 separate franchises.