The World Wide Web is full of websites that may or may not be of any use in your research. How can you tell whether you're looking at a good source or a bad one? Here are some tips:
Look at the name: Take a look at the url (web address) - what is the domain? Typically .edu and .gov websites will have stricter guidelines about what can be published and by whom.
Find the contact information: Authors love to be recognized! When you put a lot of work into finding and synthesizing information for publication, you want people to know who you are, or at least the organization you wrote it for. Be wary of websites with no way of contacting the creators.
Look for sources: Good researchers, even when writing informally, will cite their sources. This may be a link embedded in their post, mentioning the source by name in the content, or a more formal footnote or list of works cited. This gives you the opportunity to read the original material and see if you come to the same conclusions!
A leading independent resource on the subject. Our website is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ human rights impacts worldwide – positive and negative. It covers over 4000 companies, over 180 countries. It receives over 1.5 million hits per month. Topics include discrimination, environment, poverty & development, labour, access to medicines, health & safety, security, trade.
The site does seek responses from companies to allegations of misconduct: thus ensuring that our coverage is balanced and encouraging companies to address concerns raised by civil society. This site is one of the fastest ways to find information about the exploitive practices of 4000 businesses worldwide, which would be difficult to locate by other means. Users can begin searching by company name, issue, country, or topic.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. Freedom House supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights. The organization is known for its reports on the status of freedom around the world and other special reports of interest to those in political science. The documents are freely available on the website.