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SOC 11 (Hirose) - Sociology of Gender: Web Resources

Evaluating Websites

The quality of the information you find on the Web varies tremendously so it is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Authority (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Objectivity (Is there any strong bias?)
  • Currency (Is the information up to date?)
  • Coverage (To what extent is the topic explored?)

That's just the basics.  Learn more!

Criteria to Evaluate the Credibility of  WWW Resources

Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test (CSU Chico Library)

Select Websites

Search Engines

Google Advanced Search - Information on educational and governmental websites tend to have more reliable information.  In the advance search, along with your search terms, enter .edu or .gov in the box labeled "Search within a site or domain":

Sample searches:

"sexual harassment" and "united states" 

"gender identity" and discrimination