The links below go to videos or short tutorials that cover different aspects of the research process. Please contact Ellen if you have any questions!
These video tutorials were created by UMass Amherst Libraries, so are specific to our website/experience.
How can you tell whether information you find on the web is accurate? The following criteria can help you with evaluating web resources.
Accuracy: The domain (i.e. .com) can tell you a lot about a website. Sites can be .com (commercial), .edu (academic institutions), .gov (governmental), .mil (military), or .org (organization - usually non-commercial). Of these, .edu and .gov sites are the most trustworthy.
Objectivity: Is the site subjective (opinion-based) or objective (fact-based)?
Timeliness: Hunt around for a "last updated" statement. If it's been more than a year or two since the last update, it can be a clue that the site is not maintained very well.
Authority: Can you find out who the author of the content is? If so, is s/he an expert on the subject? Does the author leave contact information?