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Sociology: Websites

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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

Here's how to craft a better search:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          How does mass incarceration impact African American communities?

  • Connect the main ideas with AND.
         mass incarceration AND African American AND communities
  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words.
          "mass incarceration" AND "African American" AND communities

  • Use OR between synonyms.
    "mass incarceration" AND "African American" AND (communities OR families)

  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          "mass incarceration" AND "African American" AND (communities OR families)