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PSY 2861 (Hogan) - Positive Psychology: Internet Resources

A guide to help students conduct research in Professor Hogan's Positive Psychology course online at Valencia College

Suggested Internet Sources

Suggested Internet Sources

Choosing Credible Sources

One of the benefits of using library sources is that they've already been evaluated for credibility by librarians. When you decide to use sources from Google, you need to do the evaluation on your own. Whenever you use research sources outside of the library, be sure to consider the following criteria for each site you use.

AuthorityResearch the author of your site. Is the person a subject-area expert? If no author is listed and the site is published by an organization, would the organization be considered an expert in the field?

AccuracyDoes the author provide citations, a bibliography, or links to corroborate the research presented? 

CurrencyHow old is the information on the site? When was the site last updated? For this course, your information can be no older than five years old (2011-2016)

Purpose: Is the information on the site written to inform the reader, or sell a product? Is the author biased in any way? 

RelevancyIs the web site source the best possible place to find this information?

If the web site you plan to use meets the criteria above, it could be considered a credible source for research. If it does not meet criteria in one or more of the areas above, it may not be a credible source. You would be wise to find the information in a more trustworthy source.

The Valencia College libraries do not welcome solicitation of resources to be added to our LibGuides. This includes but is not limited to vendors, search engine optimizers, placement of ads, products, or any other requests. Our LibGuides are carefully curated resources developed in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to support specific assignments, courses, events, and other related purposes at Valencia College. The Valencia libraries reserve the right to ignore LibGuide resource solicitations, and/or block persistent requests from groups or individuals to add or promote links in our LibGuides.