Researching a tough topic? Need information you can trust? Look no further!
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2012
How can you tell if a website has legitimate information? Consider the following criteria:
- Who wrote it?
- What does the "about us" page say?
- What do other websites or news organizations say about it?
- Can you verify the data from another source?
- Does the source explain the methodology for their information?
- Does the website have a "mission"?
- Is the page a vehicle for advertising?
- When was it produced?
- When was it updated?
- Does the information add real evidence to your thesis?
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
Data from the Census, organized by topic.
- American Fact Finder
More Census data: Search by demographic region/area/city, etc.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers and reports data on wages, employment, and other economic information for the U.S. federal government.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Discover how much the typical wage is for a career field, as well as job prospects and the training and education needed. Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports
The FBI gathers crime data from law enforcement agencies around the country, and publishes it via the Uniform Crime Reports.
- CIA WorldFactbook
Guide to the history, culture, and demographic information of nations around the world.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Factcheck.org is a non-partisan monitor of political speech and verifies the veracity of information and data.