Consider the Source - Use recognized authorities. Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality - All Web sites are not created equal. Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
Be a cyberskeptic - Does the information use deliberately obscure, "scientific" sounding language?
Look for the evidence - Rely on research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author?
Check for currency - Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias - what is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2016
- Social Justice Resources: Websites - websites, online magazines and journals covering race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability/disability, religion, age (Univ. of Kansas Libraries)
- Social Issues Websites - Lists of websites on a wide variety of social issues (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Social Justice Resources - Websites on alternative press, criminal, legal, & restorative justice, education, the environment, health & welfare, and peace and social justice
- Pew Research Center - nonpartisan fact tank with current polls & data on public policy issues
- Public Policy Institute of California - nonpartisan fact tank current polls & data on California
- RAND Corporation - research & analysis of international policy issues from the nonprofit RAND corporation
- Santa Cruz County Assessment Project (2015) - in-depth data from surveys and community organizations on quality of life in Santa Cruz from the United Way
- Santa Cruz Public Library's Community Information Database - a database of human service resources available to people in Santa Cruz County