The Internet has a lot of great resources. It is important, however, to evaluate the website to make sure it has reliable information before using it in your paper.
Who is the author of the website? Do they have a degree in the topic they are writing about? Who are they affiliated with?
(Look for author name, “about us,” “who we are,” etc… for this information)
How old is the information? Has it been updated recently? (Look for the publication date)
Is the information biased? Are they taking a side of the issue and trying to push their opinion or trying to sell you something? Is it fact or opinion? It is important to use unbiased sources for informational papers.
Is the topic fully covered? What is the purpose of the webpage? Did they author state where they got the information?
Lastly, do not use Wikipedia as a source for your academic papers. Most instructors will not allow it to be used because it is not always accurate and may not have reputable authors.
Example: Planned parenthood funding site:.gov
CDC (Centers for Disease Control): www.cdc.gov
FDA (Food and Drug Administration): www.fda.gov
NIH (National Institutes of Health): www.nih.gov
Homeland Security: www.dhs.gov
US Customs and Border Protection: www.cbp.gov
US Dept Health and Human Svcs: www.hhs.gov
Medical Information: Medline Plus: www.medlineplus.gov (Medical google)
AMA American Medical Assoc.: www.ama-assn.org
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Assoc: www.cmaj.ca
United Nations: www.un.org/en
WHO: World Health Org.: www.who.int