Web sites can be sources of great information...but how do you determine what is okay to use in academic papers?
Here are 4 considerations as you assess web sites for use in your assignments.
Author: Who wrote the section, and what are their credentials? What larger organization are they affiliated with? If I google them, what do I find? What is the parent web site?
Bias: Can you identify an angle/slant/bias in the article or on the larger web site? What is the purpose of the study or content—to prove something to a particular group? Can you corroborate the claims with at least 2 other sources?
Content: Is the source accurate? Are there basic mistakes in grammar, dead links, or spelling? When was it posted or last updated or published? Does it contain claims that contradict things you know to be true or even other claims within the article itself?
Support: Does the content have citations or sources? Can you verify the sources? Can you contact the author or organization?
"Wolfram Alpha is a computational search engine (sometimes referred to as an 'answer engine'). The interface looks similar to that of a regular search engine but queries typed into the search box result answers to specific questions rather than listings of websites that may be relevant to the query." - WhatIs.com
Provides access to e-prints in a variety of Physics subjects, including astrophysics, general relativity and quantum cosmology, high energy physics, nuclear theory, etc. From the web site: "arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics. The contents of arXiv conform to Cornell University academic standards. arXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution. arXiv is also partially funded by the National Science Foundation."
Represents the collaboration of over 45,000 physicists with articles on people, current topics, and even a picture gallery. They have projects that help to make the reality of physics relevant to every day life, as well as news pieces on current happenings in the industry.
Not the prettiest of sites, but full of great content. This site was created by a former university physics professor and has become a conglomeration of items related to physics, including a web directory, a section of practice problems, newsletters, features, and correction of textbook errors.
Explore a vast collection of information relating to the history of modern physics. Offer lists, details, and content on programs and resources, publications, and career information for the field. Also includes the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.