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SOC 236: Criminology (Online): Websites

This online guide will provide you with useful resources for your SOC 236 course. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Quick Tips

   Searching Online

    Avoid random Google searches. Start with the recommended websites below or ask a librarian.

Recommended Websites

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?

Apply the CRAAP Test!

(Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose)

Wikipedia and Academic Research


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

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