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Sociology: Web Resources

A guide to help sociology students find resources.

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How to Evaluate Websites

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Putting it all together

Before using information found on a web page for your research project, consider the following criteria to evaluate its credibility. 

You may have a higher quality Web page that could be of value to your research:

Society Pages

Websites for Information about Sociology

RSS Feeds

Blogs

5 W's for Evaluating Web Resources

 

This infographic illustrates the questions you may need to ask yourself in order to determine if a web resource can be a trusted source.5 W's for Evaluating Web Resources

 

Who - ►Authority?   

Who is the author?

Are they an expert in this field? 

 Is a biography of the author included?

Does the author list references?

 

What - ►Reliability?

Is the information supported by evidence?

Can you find this information by other sources?

When? -  ►Currency?

How recently was the information published?

Is this site updated and how often?

Where?

Where does the information come from?

Is it a reputable site- .org .edu .gov?

Where can I find out more about the sponsors?

Why? - ►Purpose/ Point of View?

Why was it written?

Is there a bias to try to sway opinion?

Is the author selling something?