It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
There are six ways you can tell if your website is credible.
Author – Information on the internet with a listed author is one indication of a credible site. The fact that the author is willing to stand behind the information presented (and in some cases, include his or her contact information) is a good indication that the information is reliable.
Date – The date of any research information is important, including information found on the Internet. By including a date, the website allows readers to make decisions about whether that information is recent enough for their purposes.
Sources – Credible websites, like books and scholarly articles, should cite the source of the information presented.
Domain – Some domains such as .com, .org, and .net can be purchased and used by any individual. However, the domain .edu is reserved for colleges and universities, while .gov denotes a government website. These two are usually credible sources for information (though occasionally a university will assign a .edu address to each of its students for personal use, in which case use caution when citing). Be careful with the domain .org, because .org is usually used by non-profit organizations which may have an agenda of persuasion rather than education.
Site Design – A well-designed site can be an indication of more reliable information. Good design helps make information more easily accessible.
Writing Style – Poor spelling and grammar are an indication that the site may not be credible.
Of course, there may be some reliable websites that do not include all these qualities. If you are unsure whether the site you’re using is credible, verify the information you find there with another source you know to be reliable, such as an encyclopedia or a book on the subject. The kind of websites you use for research can also depend on the topic you are investigating. In some cases, it may be appropriate to use information from a company or non-profit organization’s website, such as when writing an industry or company overview.
Opposing Viewpoints is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Gale databases use geolocation for authentication, you do not need a password if you use the DHS library portal.
This resource helps users investigate controversial topics by framing thoughtful questions, revealing the background story behind the issues and providing scholars' perspectives and analyses, allowing students to formulate educated opinions on hotly debated "gray area" subjects.
The Perspectives sections provide tools to conduct historical inquiry lessons focused on compelling questions such as "Is Barbie psychologically harmful to young girls?"; "Do violent video games have harmful effects on players?"; and "Is the death penalty constitutional?"
A wide variety of primary sources provides context for the issues, including such documents as the Clean Air Act (1963) and the Copenhagen Accord (2009) and more than 4,000 images and audio and visual files, including interviews with LGBT veterans describing their experiences under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".