Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

ESL 25 (Brickman) - Science Research Assignment: Websites

Internet Research: What's Credible?

From Films on Demand (captions in English)

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!

Evaluating Information (CSU Chico)

Sample Web Searches

Research question #1: Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?

                  search terms: "animal testing" AND ethics

Research question #2: Is medical marijuana an effective treatment?

                  search terms: "medical marijuana" AND treatment

GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS: 

  • Limit search results by domain. Examples:
    • site:edu (education sites)
    • site:gov (government sites)
  • Limit search results by date. From the results screen, click on Tools / Any Time / Custom range.

Librarian

Profile Photo
Charlotte Bagby
Contact:
(925) 424-1150