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GLB 1010: Introduction to Global Studies: Class Session 2

Resources to support independent research projects for this course

Searching for info on organization or education websites

To search within .org websites only in Google, you can search like this: your search term

To search within .edu websites only in Google, you can search like this: your search term

To search within .gov websites only in Google, you can search like this: your search term

So your search could look like this: plastic waste or plastic waste or plastic waste

Searching UN resources

To search within a particular website in Google, you can search like this:

The URL for the United Nations website in English is:

So, to search for the UN Sustainable Development goals it would look like this:

site: sustainable development goals


sustainable development goals site:

Or, you can search the UN website, using its search box, or browse the UN website's A-Z Site Index


Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Article on evaluating internet sources

Summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation

from "Evaluating Internet Research Sources" by Robert Harris


trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support.

Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.



up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy.

Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.



fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone.

Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.



listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied.

Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it)


For college assignments, ask yourself:  Is it academic?  (written and published by academics, cites sources)

Ideology and quality mapped

Media Bias Chart

Attorney Vanessa Otero created this chart placing news outlets along a continuum of fact vs. opinion and a continuum of partisan bias.  Click on the image below or scroll down for a larger version of this image.


Website evaluation exercise

Website evaluation practice

Which websites would be preferable to use for research for college assignments?  What factors help you decide?  Consider the CARS checklist.