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Use of Wikipedia

Main site: Wikipedia

How it should be used:

  • Gather background information
  • Generate search terms
  • Find other resources in the bibliography/reference section

Cannot be cited because:

  • Currency (No guarantee when specific information has been updated)
  • Authority (Authors cannot be identified; not necessarily experts)
  • Point of View (Do not know if the author has bias)

Evaluating Websites

1. Websites must be evaluated


BlogSearchEngine.Org:  Tool for searching many blogs including .gov, .edu, .org as well as .com sites.

Search Blog Spot:: Tool for searching blogs that are on Blogspot (a free blog creation/hosting site sponsored by Google.

Subject-Specific Encyclopedias/Databases

United Nations iLibrary
Books, Papers, and Statistics organized by themes such as Drug Crime & Terrorism, Economic & Social Development, Population Growth, Environment & Climate Change, Human Rights & Refugees, Population & Demography, Public Health, Women & Gender Issues, and more. The site can be searched by theme, by country, or by a combination of the two.


Pop Culture Resources

IMDB: Information and news about movies, TV shows, celebrities, and more.

Know Your Meme: Website for memes, videos, forums, etc. about pop culture topics. There is an indication of whether or not the memes have been confirmed. Searchable, and organized by Featured, Random, Most Popular, and Community.

Twitter: Home site where you can find what is trending in Sports, News, Music, Entertainment, Lifestyle, and more. There is also a search feature.

YouTube: Home page for searching archived or trending videos.