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World War II on the Home Front: Web Sites

Tools for the new researcher on this important and meaningful topic.

Evaluating Web Sites

By now, you are aware that not all Web sites are created equal and that anyone with a computer can put up a Web page. For doing academic work, especially in the health career areas, students must be sure that the Web site from which you are getting information is reliable. Use the following information* as a tool for evaluating your sites. Most sites won't have all of the following qualities, but the ones you actually use should contain answers to at least some of the following questions:

Who wrote the information?

-does the article indicate who wrote it?

-are the credentials of the author indicated?

Is there an "about us" or "mission statement" located on the main page?

-is it easy to find?

-does it match the content of the Web site?

-is the sponsor of the site interested in making money or an organization wanting to win you over to a point of view?

Is the site current?

-does the site state when it was copyrighted or written?

-does it say when it was last updated?

-does each article have a date when it was written?

Who funds the site?

-is it easy to find that information?

-do the sponsor and content match?

-is there contact information available?

What type of site is it?

-look at the domains, i.e. .gov, .edu, .com, .org.

-make .edu and .gov your first choice when possible

*thanks for contributions made to this checklist by Kathleen Packard.

Reliable Web Sites

General sites about World War II on the U. S. home front. Additional resources to learn about the war and how it affected Americans, including Web sites and books, are listed on the Web site of the television series The War. Several of these relate to the experiences of Japanese Americans, and there are also resources relating to Latinos and African Americans.

Speeches of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Internet Subject Directories

Subject directories offer a collection of links to Internet resources, organized into subject categories. Some directories are created in order to help users find high quality sites of interest and are selective in the sites they include.

Think about...

  1. The purpose of the collection /web site.
  2. The intended audience for the site.
  3. Whether there is bias or propaganda being distributed through the site.
  4. The quality of the site:
    1. Do the links work?
    2. Is the spelling correct?
    3. Is the grammar correct?
    4. Are the images appropriate?
  5. Whether the site is scholarly, recreational, hobbyist, institutionally sponsored or commercial.
  6. What information about the site's creator is available.
  7. Access to the people who created or maintain the site.
  8. What you'd need to incorporate this site into your citation list.
  9. The resources used in creating the site.