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Sociology: Web Resources

Guide to resources related to the subject of Sociology

Web Links

Evaluating Web Resources

Evaluating Internet Information


Google and other research engines are frequently the first place that people look for 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.

Authority

  • 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.
Scope
  • 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.
Accuracy
  • Try to evaluate if the information is factual or based on opinion.
  • Consider whether the information can be verified elsewhere. Wikipedia is an example of an informational website that you might use if you can verify the data or facts in another reliable source.