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ESL 25 (Leath) Immigration: 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!

Tutorials on Evaluation Criteria

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:".

Select American Immigration Web Resources

African American World - Public Broadcasting Station's (PBS) resource of African American history and culture.  Provides links to their supporting documentary websites.

American Memory from the Library of Congress - Primary source collections from the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. Includes historical documents, narratives, photographs, music such as 1939 Lomax field recordings, African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, and more.

Becoming American: The Chinese Experience - Provides biographical portraits, eyewitness accounts, a timeline, a Chinese American history quiz, a viewer's guide, and links.

Pew Hispanic Center - The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. 

Asian Nation: Asian American History, Demographics, and Issues - "An authoritative, one-stop information resource and sociological exploration of the historical, demographic, political, and cultural issues that make up today's diverse Asian American community. You can think of Asian-Nation as an online version of 'Asian Americans 101'." (A website created by C.N. Le, PhD, Director of Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program, and Senior Lecturer Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.)



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Select Country Information Websites

Country Studies - The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

A to Z List of Countries and Other Areas -U.S. Department of State.

Country Profiles - BBC News profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories.

GlobalEDGE - Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities. Partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI B grant.


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