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Sociology Resource Guide: Internet Links

Introductory study of small and large scale human social interaction and social organizations.

Evaluation of Internet Sites

Remember to evaluate the information you find when searching the Internet.  Not all Internet sites are trustworthy or appropriate to use as research sources.  If you have any concerns about the credibility of an Internet site, consult your instructor or a librarian for evaluation assistance.

Some points to consider as you critically evaluate an Internet source:

Authority:  Who created the site?  What are their credentials? What is the author's expertise in relation to the source's subject?  Did the author create the information or get it from elsewhere?

Accuracy:  Compare the information to that found elsewhere, including sources not found on the Internet.  Are sources given for where the site's information was obtained?  Does the author use only a couple of sources or a more adequate number?  Do the links connect to authoritative and relevant sources?  What evidence is given to support or prove the points made? 

Objectivity:  What is the author's purpose:  informational, explanatory, persuasion, or salesmanship?  Check for signs of bias. Do the links go only to material on the same site?  Does an emotional connection to the material's subject prevent you from being able to evaluate the site objectively?

Currency:  Check for the dates the site was created and/or revised.  Do the links in the site still work?  Compared to the information you find in other sources, is the Internet site up to date?  Check the publication dates of sources listed in the site's bibliography. 

Coverage:  Does the Internet source sufficiently cover the topic? What level of detail is provided?

Functionality and Professionalism:  Is the Internet site well organized?  Is the site easy to navigate and use?  Is the material well written and without grammar and spelling errors? 

Audience:  For what group of users has the site been created?  Is the writing style suitable for that group?  Would information provided for that group be appropriate to use in your research?

For Further Information:  Take a look at  this document.

American Sociological Association (ASA) Links

The American Sociological Association (ASA) is the national organization for sociologists.  Below are links to information on the ASA website that may be of interest to you. However, there is even more information included in the ASA website itself.

The About ASA page includes not only the association's mission, constitution, and history, but it also defines what sociology is and states the field's professional ethics code. 

The ASA Meetings page provides information on upcoming meetings, search capability of the annual meetings' program archives, and the contact information for regional sociological societies along with their website links. 

The ASA Research page has information on research projects, trends in sociology, careers in sociology, and more.

Undergraduate Student Resources gives information on majoring in sociology.

The Employment page not only has a job bank but also provides career resources.

Anthropology Associations

International Sociological Associations

Other National Sociological Associations

Regional Sociological Associations and Societies in the United States

Data Sources

Columbia College Websites

The Sociology page of Columbia College's Psychology and Sociology Department website explains what sociology is and tells you the benefits of getting a bachelor's degree in sociology.

The Anthropology page of Columbia College's Psychology and Sociology Department website explains what anthropology is and tells you the benefits of getting a minor in sociology.

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