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FCS 250 (Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences Research): Internet Research

Evaluating Websites

Consider Quality...

These principles of web source evalution are drawn from The St. Martin's Handbook8th edition (p. 218-219):

Authorship

  • Does the site or document have an author? What are the author's credentials? Why should you trust this author as an expert? 

Sponsorship

  • Who sponsors or publishes the source? What evidence demonstrates that the sponsor or publisher is credible? What purpose or perspective does the sponsor seem to promote?

Currency

  • How recently was the information posted or modified? Could it be outdated or obsolete?

Credibility

  • How do you know that the information itself is trustworthy? Are there links to other sites or sources to support factual claims?

Recommended Websites

The online resources below offer information relevant to your research.

Hover the pointer over each link for a description of the site.

Advanced Internet Searching

Google Advanced Search

  • Provides more options for your search strategy.

Google Advanced Scholar Search

  • Search for scholarly articles.

Google Advanced Book Search

  • Search for books on your topic.

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