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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:
|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? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
|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?
|On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
|Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
Sites to Get Started
The following sites have been selected and evaluated by a CCAC librarian.
American Psychological Association
Site is oriented to professional psychologists, however, there are resources that are valuable to undergraduates. Presents full text articles on topics of current interest. The section designed for students includes information about graduate school, financial aid, and careers related to psychology. The section designed for the public has links to articles on popular subjects such as AIDS, anger, depression, disabilities, minorities and violence.
National Institute of Mental Health
Contains information for both researchers and consumers on mental health disorders including basic brochures and other publications, statistics, multimedia resources, current news, clinical trials information, and more.
MedlinePlus - Mental Health
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus is updated daily and offers extensive information on over 600 diseases and conditions. Topics covered include an overview, clinical trials, diagnosis & symptoms, treatment, nutrition, coping, clinical trials, specific conditions and more.
Current Topics in Psychology
This directory is a well-organized, quick reference collection of articles, Web sites, and research tools. The page is divided between a section listing more comprehensive resources (Web of Addiction, PsychCrawler, Exploratorium's Memory, etc.) and a section of links to more specific topics (articles on ergonomics, Internet addiction, etc.). Maintained by Dr. Michael Fenichel, a clinical psychologist.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Information at this site is provided as a public service to aid in the treatment of developmental, behavioral and mental disorders that affect an estimated 7 to 12 million juveniles in the Unites States.
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