When looking for global health agencies or organizations that are focused on addressing your topic, you will likely find the agency's information on a website. In light of this, it is important that you understand how to evaluate a website.
Try your best to move beyond the website's landing page or homepage. Look for an 'about' or 'about us' page, tab, or button. This page may provide you with critical information about who or what the agency/organization is, their mission, values, staff, role, etc.
Below are some tools to help you evaluate websites.
The following is a list of the most popular domain extensions, which can help in determining the authority of a website. However, domain extensions alone cannot determine if a web source is quality or if it's right for your research.
.gov - Government
.edu - Educational institution
.com - Commercial
.org - Organization, usually non-profit
.net - Network, usually personal webpages
Scholarly/academic/peer-reviewed sources are sources written by experts and are reviewed by experts in the field before the article is published.
You may consider scholars with subject expertise have authority in the area of your research topic and thus produce only good sources. However, like all types of sources and authorities, scholarly sources vary a lot by date, scope, method, and etc, making only some of them appropriate to cite in your research. Scholarly sources may have totally valid evidence but not so relevant to your research.
Finding a good scholarly source to use can sometimes be a messy process, but below are some questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if the academic article is worth using in your research.
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