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Recommended Web Sources
American Psychological Association
The largest association of psychologists worldwide and the author of the APA Publications Manual used for citing sources within the social sciences.
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
A prominent psychology association (previously the American Psychological Society) which promotes research, teaching and learning. Students can find awards, scholarships, and travel grants as well as a great set of psychology links.
Center for the Future of Children
This resource is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. This website offers research findings and other information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Child Development
US government website providing parenting tips, research, and information on child development from birth to 17 years of age.
Data related to children and families collected from 22 federal government agencies.
This government website lists and links to a number of mental health and behavior topics.
Evaluating Web Information
Remember that anyone can publish anything on the Web, so you are responsible for evaluating the quality of the Web pages you use for your papers and assignments. Generally, on the web, the author of the page is trying to do one of three things: entertain; inform; or pursuade. Here are some questions to use to evaluate Web pages. The video below also has similar, but more information on evaluation.
1. URL Look at the Uniform Resource Locator (web address)
- What type of domain is it? (.edu, .com, .gov, org)
- Is it appropriate for the content?
- Is it clear who is responsible for the contents of the page?
- Is there a link to a page describing the purpose of the sponsoring organization?
- Can you determine the author/creator of the information and his/her qualifications?
- Are the sources for factual information listed at the bottom, in parenthesis or with links?
- Are the links active?
- Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and other typographical errors?
- If there are charts and/or graphs containing statistical data, are the charts and/or graphs clearly labeled with the sources of data listed?
- Can you determine the purpose of the page? (is there an "About Us"?)
- Is the information free of advertising?
- Is the information based on opinions and overly biased?
- Are there links to other viewpoints?
- Are there dates on the page to indicate when the page was written and/or updated?
- Are there any other indications that the information is kept current?
BOTTOM LINE: Would you be comfortable citing this page for a research paper?
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