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Website checklist

A large amount of information is freely available on the Internet BUT when you are using the Internet for research purposes it is really important to evaluate the reliability of the sites you are using; use the checklist below to help you evaluate the information that you find on the Internet.

When evaluating websites use the following checklist to assess the reliability of the information:

  • Is the site Authoritative? Who is the author and what authority do they possess?
  • Is the site Accurate? Are any claims supported by reliable evidence?
  • Is the site Impartial? Is the information biased?
  • Is the site Current? Is the information up-to-date?
  • Who are the Audience? Who is the site aimed at?
  • Is the site Reliable? Are links from the site working and pointing to other reliable sites?

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an alternative to Google - it searches academic publications making it suitable for research.

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Useful Websites

Royal Geographical Society - the professional body for geography, advancing the discipline,both nationally and internationally. 

Library Hub Discover - Search across the catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library and the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales.

Environment Agency - public body working to create better places for people and wildlife, and supporting sustainable development.