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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Evaluating Websites

How can you tell if a website has legitimate information?  Consider the following criteria:

  • Authority
    • Who wrote it?
    • What does the "about us" page say?
    • What do other websites or news organizations say about it?
  • Accuracy
    • Can you verify the data from another source? 
    • Does the source explain the methodology for their information?
  • Objectivity
    • Does the website have a "mission"?
    • Is the page a vehicle for advertising?
  • Currency
    • When was it produced?
    • When was it updated?
  • Relevance
    • Does the information add real evidence to your thesis?

Government Data

  • 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, is a non-partisan monitor of political speech and verifies the veracity of information and data.

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