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How to Evaluate Websites - Quick Tips


Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments. 

Look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:

  • Who is the author?        
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

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Useful Websites

The following websites may provide helpful information on environmental science:

Wikipedia and Academic Research


How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

A basic overview of your topic.
Important names and vocabulary related to your topic.
Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.

References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).

Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:

X Anyone can contribute to a Wikipedia article.
X No information about authors' credentials and purpose. 

Better Googling

Google search results showing proper and improper searching techniques

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          What is the origin of zero?

  • Connect the main ideas with AND.
          origin AND zero

  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words.
          "Ancient Greeks" AND zero

  • Use OR between synonyms/related terms.
          (origin OR development) AND zero

  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          (origin OR development) AND zero

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.