The Web offers access to a wide variety of informational materials from
governments, associations, organizations, agencies, news outlets, universities, research institutes, consumer groups,
commercial entities, and the guy down the street! So how do you know what is research material and what is not?
Look for the clues:
1. Ascertain who publishes the web site/page
A good web site will have a link to a page that gives you information about the site's publisher. It's usually labeled
"About Us," "Mission" or similar terminology.
- Web sites published by organizations/institutions reputable in the field
- Web sites recognized in the field as authoritative
- Bias. Is the web site publishing materials that promote an unsubstantiated or controversial point
of view or are they relaying factual and well-researched information?
no information is available about the site's publisher, check the url or web address (e.g. http://www.cdc.gov).
Domains such as .gov and .edu are the best domains for scholarly and research-based information. Field-related organizational web
sites (.org) can also be good sources of information - but beware of bias!