There is some very authoritative information available on the web, and there is also less reliable information. To evaluate sites, consider these criteria:
Purpose: What is the purpose of the site? To inform? To persuade?
Authority: Who is the author of the webite and what are the credentials of that person or entity? The author may be an individual or an organization.
Timeliness: How current is the information? Can you tell when it has last been undated?
Scope: How deep is the website? Is it within your range of comprehension? Is it too simple? Is it too technical?
Word of Caution
When using websites, be sure to investigate how respected the site and information contained within it are. Many user-controlled sites, such as Wikipedia, have little respect in the academic community. Be aware of the purpose of the site, as well as who moderates the information on the site.
Finding Scholarly and/or Credible Sites
If quality and credibility are key, these resources lead to scholarly websites on a variety of topics relating to sociology:
Try this to search across many disciplines and sources for scholarly literature: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Limitation: you may find items that are password-protected that you cannot access.
An “academic” search engine, RefSeek does not claim to offer more results than Google; instead, it strips any results not related to science, research and academia. It’s a fairly standard web search, only without all the commercial stuff. It claims to be indexing over one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, & newspapers--you will see more .edu and .org sites.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. The association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. They develop and present the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.
This is a report prepared by the Health Care Marketplace Project. It highlights trends in the health care market as they affect the poor and the elderly. It also analyzes proposals that involve the private health care system.
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