Research Sources: Websites & Others
Google is not a website, it is a search engine that looks through the internet, finding both good and bad websites. Instead of just using Google to search your topic, use specific websites that you know have credible information.
When you are looking for credible websites, consider these questions:
- Who are experts on the topic?
- Are there organizations or museums?
- Who studies that topic professionally?
- Websites for things in print (Magazines, newspapers)
- Who has a high level of integrity?
- Who has to be accountable for what they write/publish?
Here are some good websites to start with, arranged by subject:
For all topics:
- PBS and the Nova series
- National Geographic Kids
- Discovery Channel
- The Science Channel
- The Science Museum of Minnesota
- Popular Science
- Popular Mechanics
- Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
- Neave Online Interactive Planetarium (constellations)
- The Minnesota Zoo pages on their animals
- Sea World’s Animal Infobooks and Animal Bytes (quick facts)
- The Oregon Zoo’s pages on their animals
- Defenders of Wildlife Animal Factsheets (lots of endangered species here with information about conservation)
- History Channel
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Dakota County Historical Society
- Ramsey County Historical Society
- Hennepin History Museum
- CIA World Factbook
- National Geographic Kids pages on countries (click "Print this Feature" to see all the text on one page)
- For political information, US Department of State Factsheets
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- The Walker Art Center
- The Louve
- The MET
- The Guggenheim