- 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
- New York Times - browse "Most Viewed" or "New York Times Science"
- Google News - search for recent news or news on a topic
- Arts & Culture - from the Library of Congress
- Cultural Politics: Popular Culture- aggregates sites on cultural topics such as sports, gender, and advertising
- Google Zeitgeist- Zeitgeist means "the spirit of the times." This site distills the most common Google searches by year
- Pew Internet Project - data on the impact of the internet on American Life
- Pop Culture Happy Hour - from NPR
WIKIPEDIA: PROS & CONS
|Worlds largest encyclopedia with millions of entries on obscure topics||Articles are not edited or peer-reviewed|
|Great place to start & identify keywords||
Many instructors will not allow Wikipedia citations because they are not not edited or reviewed
|Updated regularly, sometimes by the second||Articles get vandalized for ideological reasons or just for fun|
|Can include excellent references & external links||Can be skewed or biased -- based on authors interests, beliefs, opinions|
|Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- the people's encyclopedia!||Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- no one checks their credentials or agendas|
Consider the Source - Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality - All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
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?