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There are times when it makes sense to search the web. Government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) publish reports and release data on the web. If you are studying a recent event or phenomenon, the web might be the most current source of information.
When you do use web pages in your research, please keep these things in mind:
Evaluate the author and publisher
- Who wrote the page?
- Is the person qualified to write this page? Do they give their credentials?
- What are their institutional affiliations?
- Is the web site hosted by a reputable institution or organization? Check the “about” links if you aren’t sure who is publishing the page.
Evaluate the currency, accuracy, objectivity, and tone
- When was the page created/updated?
- Can you verify the accuracy of the information in another source?
- Is there a political or philosophical slant?
- Is the page really an advertisement or propaganda disguised as an information page?
- All information has a bias. Make sure this is the opinion you want.
Select Statistical Resources
Digest of Education Statistics
Provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. Includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
National Education Association -- Research Reports and Statistics
National Education Association of the United States is the voice of education professionals. The NEA focuses its energy and resources on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.
U.S. Census Bureau -- Education Statistics
Presents data primarily concerning formal education at various levels, for public and private schools. Data shown relate to the school-age population and school enrollment, educational attainment, education personnel, and financial aspects of education.
Comprehensive data and analysis source for key topics in education.
Nation's Report Card
Official site for results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Citing Websites in APA Style
Remember to cite online sources for your bibliography. In most cases you will need the URL and the date you consulted the web page as well as the author, title, date published, and the like.
Author. (Date published if available; n.d.--no date-- if not). Title of article. Title of web site . Retrieved date. From URL.
Landsberger, J. (n.d.). Citing Websites. In Study Guides and Strategies. Retrieved May 13, 2005, from http://www.studygs.net/citation.htm.
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