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Good Websites for Water Resources
PEW Charitable Trusts- Environment Group
Great non-profit that conducts and publishes research on a variety of subjects. The link above goes directly to the website containing their environment research.
Tracks stream flows and provides lots of maps showing what areas of the US have draught, which have floods, etc.
Chesapeake Bay Program
Information on the health and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
Non-profit group helping to provide clean water to developing nations.
Find Better Web Sources with Google
Type your keywords into Google and add the site: command, leaving a space between your words and the command. This will allow you to limit your web search to a specific domain. Only one domain can be searched at a time.
Copy and paste a command below to give it a try:
Subject Specific Search Engines
Try these search engines created to find resources that might be hidden from Google:
Search Federal, State, and Local Government documents and websites all in one search!
Full-text articles in the biomedical field and life sciences from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
How to Evaluate Websites using the CRAAP Test
The CRAAP Test takes you through a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. The different quality measures will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. Give it a try!
Currency: How old is this information?
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Does your topic require current information?
- Are the links on the site functional?
Relevance: Does this information help me finish my assignment?
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too easy or advanced for your needs)?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?
Authority: Is whoever created this an expert on the subject?
- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
- Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
- Does the URL (.edu/.gov/.com) reveal anything about the author or source?
Accuracy: How much can I trust this information?
- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or verified by someone other than the author?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or typing errors?
Purpose: Why was this information created?
- What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, persuade?
- Is the information factual, opinion, or propaganda?
- Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
Test Your Ability to CRAAP
See if you can figure out which of these websites could pass the CRAAP Test.
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