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How do I find reliable public websites on the internet?

I need one internet resource for my research. How can I judge the reliability of a website I discover on the internet?
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2016  |  484 Views

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Being able to evaluate public websites is a crucial skill. Always check for the following:

Who created the website?
What authority do the creators have regarding the topic of the website?
What is the copyright date for the site?
When was it last updated?
Does it have an agenda? (is it trying to sell you something? are the creators biased, and if so, in what direction)?

Trustworthy public websites that pull together good information from the internet can be found at the following links:

Internet Library for Librarians

LibrarySpot

Refdesk.com

Virtual Reference Library (Library of Congress)

These websites can provide reliable information in the form of the following:

Almanacs, Census Data, Public Online Newspapers & Magazines, Associations & Organizations, Calculators, Biographies, Currency Conversion, Calendars, Time & Weather, Shipping & Tracking, Speeches & Quotations, Travel, Directories, and topical information for research & personal education.

You can also access some scholarly subscription based databases from your city or local library.

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