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University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Sociology: Demographics and Statistics Online

Government Resources

Various government agencies and offices provide statistics that can be useful for sociology researchers. These sites are all freely accessible online.

Evaluating Online Information

In the course of your research, you may find other sites with sociological information and statistics. 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?

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? Have the statistics been "framed" in a way that promotes a particular point of view?

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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