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Oceanography Research Guide

Evaluating Website Content

One of the biggest problems students have with using websites in their academic work is the accuracy of the content. Here are some basic ways to evaluate a website.

What does the domain name tell you?

Who wrote the page? Is there a page author listed? If there is no author, is there a company name? Is there contact information listed? If there is no one listed that takes responsibility for the page you should take that into consideration.

Here are some links to reliable sites that will help you with your evaluation:

Cornell Web Evaluation Website

UC Berkeley Web Evaluation Tips

John Hopkins Evaluating Internet Resources

Oceanography Subject Directories/Portals/Gateways - General

The following individuals, organizations, and universities maintain directories, portals, and gateways of interest to oceanographers:

  • Information on the Seven Seas: International Ocean Science Web Resources (Mattison) Part 1(Searcher July/August 2003) and Part 2 (Searcher November/December 2003) (HSU Users Only)(see links below)

Oceanography Subject Directories/Portals/Gateways - Marine Biology

Oceanography Subject Directories/Portals/Gateways - Marine Geology and Geophysics

National Science Digital Library