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Evaluating Online Sources
The Internet can provide access to much useful information; however, users should evaluate the quality of each web site consulted. Unlike print sources, there are no quality standards for publication.
As with print publications you should be aware of:
- Authorship and affiliations
- Author qualifications
- Bias and special interest
- Publication Information
Boston College's University Libraries has posted a list of questions to ask yourself when you evaluate a web site or web pages.
Suggested Internet Sources for Environmental Studies
The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization founded in 1991. EnviroLink maintains a database of thousands of environmental resources and provides internet services to non-profit organizations.
This web site provides access to information about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Chemistry Initiative. According to the website, Green Chemistry is defined as " the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle, including the design, manufacture, and use of a chemical product."
The website for the Library at the Marine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute provides access to WHOAS - the Woods Hole Open Access server, the institutional repository of the to research facilities. The digitized resources available here range from photographs of the submersible Alvin (of Titanic fame) to datasets that describe the potential impact of global climate change ocean ecosystems.
National Science Digital Library
This site is helpful for those seeking background information or seeking a broad overview of a particular topic. According to its website: "The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education."
Science Accelerator is a government initiative; specifically, it's a resource coordinated by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. Science Accelerator was developed and made available by OSTI as a free public service. It's content includes: electronic full-text research reports (including DOE scientific and technical information), energy citations, some dating back to the Manhattan Project era, ongoing research project summaries, etc.