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Evaluating Websites

News & News Aggregates

news stories from many different news organizations, commentary, and some original news content

  • Huffington Post
  • Buzzfeed
  • Metafilter
  • The Daily Beast

Social Networks

tools to share ideas, opinions, news, and personal information 

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest 

Encyclopedias & General Interest 

repositories of (mostly) free information intended to educate the general public

  • ThoughtCo.
  • Britannica
  • Wikipedia
  • All That's Interesting

Academic Indexes

directories of published and unpublished academic publications

  • Google Scholar
  • CiteUlike
  • Researchgate

Government Agencies & Departments

websites and repositories of publicly available data, laws, and historical archives

  • Library of Congress
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics

Advocacy Groups & Organizations 

for-profit or non-profit group sites that present information to support a specific cause

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • American Heart Association

Universities & Research Institutes

academic sites that present data and analysis

  • Pew Research Center
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Brookings Institute