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Evaluate your sites!
Because there is no review process or regulation for the public Web, you will need to judge for yourself the quality of the material you find. Keep in mind these questions:
Accuracy Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Authority Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
Objectivity What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?
Currency On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
Use Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
Sites to Find Statistics
This comprehensive guide has been developed by a CCAC librarian and contains many great resources for statistical data on many subjects.
CIA World Fact Book
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities
Statistical Abstract of the United States
The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
A repository of legislation, public laws or bills, and the congressional documents that pertain to the legislative process provided by the Library of Congress.
UN Data: A world of information
The are of the United Nations that compiles and disseminate global statistical information.
Sites to Find Broad Topical Information
National Public Radio
A quick search of the topic you are looking for information on will give you a list of radio programs, full text articles, blogs, multimedia, and podcasts on that particular topic. Lists are with the most recent stories first.
A great tool for finding good quality internet sites.
The New York Times provides topics pages, including background information and any articles, videos or photographic collections that they have published on literally thousands of topics.
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