Doing research using the web? Before you head straight to the Google search box, try some of these links first, and find the best information out there. This portal introduces you to search engines that access information you can trust.
Explore the Internet
The Library of Congress brings you websites of national interest.
FirstGov Information from the United States Government.
My California Information from the State of California.
The Scout Report New Internet resources for researchers and educators.
HOW TO EVALUATE WEB PAGES
Evaluation of Web Documents
How to Interpret the Basics
1. Accuracy of Web Documents
2. Authority of Web Documents
3. Objectivity of Web Documents
4. Currency of Web Documents
5. Coverage of Web Documents
Accuracy: If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her, and …
Authority: If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net), and …
Objectivity: If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and …
Currency: If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and …
Coverage: If you can view the information properly-not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement, then …
You may have a higher quality Web page that could be of value to your research paper.
from: Kapoun, Jim. "Teaching Undergrads Web Evaluation." College & Research Library News July/Aug. 1998: 522-23. This chart appears with the permission of its author Jim Kapoun, Southwest State University Library, Marshall, MN. Copyright © 1996-2000 by Southwest State University Library.