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Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as the general public to timely, essential information.
Link to Social Work websites
Lists many Websites of special interest to social workers.
For over 30 years, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life.
Rand Center for the Study of Aging
The RAND Center for the Study of Aging conducts objective, independent, behavioral research on the elderly population.
Sociology of Religion
Sponsored by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Independent Guide to Sociological Resources on the Internet
The Urban Institute
The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics
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.
- 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 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.