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Political Science: Online Sources--Documents & Data

Federal Government Documents Online

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U.S. Federal Government Websites

Historic Documents

Evaluating Online Information

In the course of your research, you may find other sites on political science topics, as well as sites that claim to be sources of government information. Here are some things to consider when evaluating whether the information you find is credible.

1. Authority--Who created the site/content? What expertise do they have in the topic? Check the URL; most government sites will have the domain ".gov".

2. Objectivity--What is the purpose of the site/content (an "About" page can help determine this)? Does it present any bias toward the topic? Does it support a certain political party or point of view on a particular issue?

3. Accuracy--How does the information correspond to what you already know about the topic? Are sourced cited, and are they reliable?

4. Currency--When was the page created, and when was it last updated?

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