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Economics Research Guide: Open Web Resources

Using Web Sources for Research

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Anyone can create and post open web content, including but not limited to:

  • you and your friends
  • a researcher
  • a 10-year-old child

Don't always believe what you read!

Many websites are not edited or fact-checked. Be sure to always evaluate any source you find on the open web!

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PBS Videos

PBS Video is a great resource for educational videos and interviews!

Check out this short video with leading expert on work and the economy, Robert Reich:

Recommended Open Web Resources

Google Scholar

Use your keywords to find scholarly content through Google Scholar! 

Google Search Tips

Use keywords!

  • TRY economics and inequality  NOT an entire question

Search by domain!

  • site:.gov economics and inequality

Search by website!

  • site:latimes.com economics and inequality

Evaluate Websites for Credibility!

Author: Can you determine who created the site? Is this person reputable? Is there contact information for you to reach the author?

Accuracy: Does the website include references or sources? Can information be verified? Is the site edited as far as grammar and spelling?

Audience: Who is the website created for? Is it appropriate for a college-level paper or project?

Purpose: Why does the website exist? What does the author get out of creating it? Is the website trying to persuade you to buy something or adopt someone else's beliefs?

Date: When was the site created? Updated? Is it recent enough for your paper or project?