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Feminist Studies: Subject Guide: Web resources

Resources for your feminist studies research in the Smith Library Center and on the Web

Checklist for evaluating information on the Web

Questions to ask about the site's author

  • Can you identify the author of the site (either an individual or an organization)?
  • Is the author an expert on this topic?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to provide scholarly information?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to sell a product or service?
  • Is the author's point of view unbiased?
  • Where does the site come form? Look at the URL - is it .edu for an educational site, .gov for government, .com for commercial, etc?

Questions to ask about the site's content

  • Are there any obvious errors or misinformation?
  • Does the information appear to be accurate?
  • Can the information be verified through another source?
  • Is the information current? (Is there a date for the last update on the page?)
  • Is the information scholarly in nature? Is documentation provided?
  • Are the links useful?
  • Are the links active?

Questions to ask about how the site is organized

  • Is there a table of contents?
  • Is the site easy to navigate?
  • Do the graphics enhance or interfere with the usefulness of the site?

Search the Web

Google Scholar allows you to search for scholarly material, mostly periodical articles from sources that may be free to access, or may not.

Find authoritative web sites

These sites provide links to web sites that have been critically evaluated and selected for their value as information, reference and research tools.

ipl2 combines the resources of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). Hosted by The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, with major support from the College of Information at Florida State University.

Internet Scout Project Archives  is a searchable and browseable database to over nine years' worth of the Scout Report and subject-specific Scout Reports. It contains 26,496 critical annotations of carefully selected Internet sites and mailing lists. Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, and part of the University's College of Letters and Sciences.