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Sociology

Web Resources for Sociology - Free & Open Access

Evaluating Websites

The CRAP Test 

All of the websites listed on this page are reliable sources of information.  However, this list is not exhaustive, and you may find websites not listed on this page that you want to use for your research.  Keep in mind that it can be difficult to determine the credibility and accuracy of the information on the web. When deciding whether or not to cite a website in your research paper, you will want to apply some of the same general rules that you would use when determining the credibility and appropriateness of any information source. On the right is an easy acronym to help you remember the main ways to assess an online source. 

You should also know how to quickly assess the location in which online articles are published. Taking note of the website address suffix: .org, .gov, .edu, .com, .net.

See a breakdown here: URL & What it can tell you