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Psychology 101: Websites

Psychology-Related Websites

Websites can be useful sources of information. Below are a few options you can explore. First be sure your instructor will allow you to use Internet sources for your research!

Tip! You can use the Google site: tool to limit your results to .gov, .edu, or .org websites. Example: psychology

National Institute of Mental Health - The lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.

National Institute on Drug Abuse - "Advancing Addiction Science." The lead federal agency supporting research on drug use and its consequences.

LearnPsychology - Includes information on trends in psychology, mental health guides, as well as education and career resources.

Evaluating Websites

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The web is a great information resource. There is so much available, you can usually find some information on your topic. However, because anyone can put anything on the web, you need to be very careful when using web sources.

Use the following checklist to help you to determine the reliability of the information you find on a website:



Is the information reliable and correct? Is there an editor who verifies the information?


Is there an author? What are his or her qualifications? What is the sponsoring organization? Is it reputable?

Hint: Look for links providing information about the author and his or her e-mail address. Check for "about us" or "philosophy," sections for information about the organization.


Does the website show a bias? What is the purpose of the site? To sell, to inform, to persuade? Is there advertising?


Does the site include the dates it was created and updated? How current are the links? Have any expired or moved?

Consider whether currency is especially important for the research topic.


How does the site compare with other sites on this topic? Is material covered in-depth or just superficially?