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African American History: Websites

Evaluating Websites

How can you decide whether to use a website or not?

Ask yourself the following questions

And then decide if the website is a great resource or not.

Currency
How recent is the information?
How recently has the website been updated?
Is it current enough for your topic?

Relevancy/Reliability
What kind of information is included in the resource?
Does it provide information valuable to your research topic?
Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is it balanced?
Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
Are there advertisements on the website?

Authority
Who is the creator or author? What are their credentials?
Who is the publisher or sponsor? Are they reputable?
What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

Purpose/Point of View
Is this fact or opinion?
Is it biased?
Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

Websites

Websites: Primary Sources

Primary Sources Library Guide

Academic Websites

Internet subject directories can help you find excellent and authoritative websites on all subjects. Internet Public Library is one of the best.

Alternatively, use Google Scholar to find better websites-- it  finds relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Google Scholar