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SOC 210: Research Methods, Fall 2018: Find Websites

Locating Websites

Many organizations, think tanks and discussion centers have a significant web presence. Before you use the material you find there, be certain to check:

  • The nature and perspective of the organization that provides the material.
  • The currency of the information.
  • The purpose of the source.
  • The method of developing the source:
    • Is it independent research or a compilation of other research?
    • Is it primarily opinion?
    • Does it credit other sources used?

You can often search your topic and add site:.org to limit the results to organizations.  Site:.edu limits to educational sites, but will results will include student papers, so be cautious.  Two useful guides to think tank sites are:

Find Government Documents

Many government documents are available through the Library Catalog.  However, you can also search for documents on Google by adding site:.gov or site:.nj.gov:

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