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ENVS 201 - Introduction to Environmental Science - Bittinger: Web Sites

This research guide will help you find information about topics dealing with the environmental sciences and provides links to the HACC library catalog, licensed databases and internet resources.

Evaluating Web Sites

Credibility

  • Who is the author or organization responsible for the information?
  • What are the author’s credentials? (experience, education, academic or
  • professional affiliations)
  • Are the expert and the webmaster the same person?

Accuracy

  • Are references included that verify the information’s source?
  • Is the information consistent with other sources on the topic?
  • Are there mistakes in spelling and word usage?

Bias/Objectivity (Fact vs. Opinion)

  • Is more than one viewpoint or opinion expressed?
  • Is the information presented as fact or opinion?
  • Is the site’s purpose to inform? To entertain? To persuade? To explain? To advocate a cause? To sell a product?
  • Does the author use emotionally charged language?

Timeliness

  • When was the site’s last update?
  • When was the information compiled originally?
  • Is the information still valid or is it out of date?

Relevance

  • Is the information directed toward a general or specialized audience?
  • Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs? Specific enough? Too detailed? Too vague?
  • Does the information cover the correct period of time for your topic? The correct geographical area?

Good Day for Solar

Rooftop solar panel on a sunny blue sky day

"Solar cell panel" by Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine is licensed under CC0 1.0

Recommended Web Sites for ENVS

A selection of good web sites to help you fill out your research.

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