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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 Links for Sociology

Statistical Resources

Individual agencies of the Federal government are an excellent source of statistical data. Listed below are just of few of the many sources that are available electronically.  Please consult the Sources for Statistics tab on the Government Documents LibGuide for a list of sources arranged by federal agency.

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