The following are some general, basic criteria to consider when evaluating resources:
Does the information presented seem accurate?
Are the facts verifiable?
Who is the author?
What expertise does he or she have on this topic?
Who sponsors the site?
What is the stated purpose of the site?
Examine the "About..." or "Mission" links on a web page.
What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased?
What kind of sites does this one link to?
On what date was the page created?
Do you need more current information?
Do links on the site still work?
Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
Geography links for data, map making, maps, and more. From the American Geographical Society.
US Geological Survey
Information on natural resources, ecosystems and environment, climate change, and natural hazards. Also, maps! From the US Geological Survey.
The National Geographic Society is a non-profit scientific and educational institution. Their website features videos, photographs, articles from the magazine of the same name, and more.
Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. From the Library of Congress.
US Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
Fact sheets by country summarizing aspects of relations with the US. Additional useful links for the country addressed in the fact sheet are included.
Country Profiles - BBC News
Profiles of worldwide countries and territories. Profiles include history, politics and economic background. Audio and video clips may also be provided. From the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Journey of Mankind
Human migration as determined by genetic evidence, shared via an interactive map. From the Bradshaw Foundation.
World Migration Maps
Demographic, social, and economic facts about immigrants to the United States. Also provides stock, flow, citizenship, net migration, and historical data for countries in Europe, North America, and beyond. Many maps. From the Migration Policy Institute.
Ethnologue World Languages
Data on 7,102 known living languages, often illustrated through maps. Based on the book Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 18th edition. From SIL International.
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