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Website Evaluation Criteria
can have a web page. So some information on the Web is biased,
just plain wrong. You will need to evaluate web sites for accuracy,
authority, currency, objectivity, and purpose. Here is a checklist you
- Does the author cite reliable sources
for his or her facts?
- How does the information compare with
that in other works written about this topic?
- Who do you think the author/s of the
web site are trying to reach?
- Is there a particular group or segment
of society that the author/s are targeting?
- What are the author's qualifications
for writing on this subject?
- Is he or she connected with an
organization that has an established reputation?
- Does the web site include a
publication date or "last updated" date?
- Is the author affiliated with a
particular organization that might have a bias?
- Is the author's purpose to inform,
e.g. provide new information, current events, etc?
- Is the author's purpose to explain,
e.g. describe a process, teach, etc?
- Is the author's purpose to persuade,
e.g. change your mind, convince you to buy, etc?
How to find a statistic
These are statistical websites which can provide data to support your arguments.
American Community Survey
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) City & County Data
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provides access to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Justice on crime type, the courts, corrections, law enforcement, victims, and more.
City of Louisville Department List
The state of Kentucky and the city of Louisville have extensive webpage. You often can find studies and data in departments. Louisville metro government (for example, the Air Pollution Control District has data about air pollution in Jefferson County)
This is an online clearing house for US government statistics. The a-z index gives links to statistics about various topics.
IUS Institutional Research & Assessment
Provides access to raw data, summaries, and reports about IU Southeast to members of the campus community.
Kentucky KIDS COUNT
Provides a detailed county-by-county picture of the condition of children in order to inform public debate and strengthen public action on behalf of children and families.
Kentucky State Data Center
Provides statistics about Kentucky from census data and other sources
State of Kentucky website
Data is often broken down by county. Louisville information can be found under Jefferson County
Official digital data center for Indiana, providing critical statistics for the state, counties, cities and towns, townships, regions, metros, census tracts, and more.