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Scientific Inquiry: Websites

Web Sites for Scientific Inquiry

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Statistics in Scientific Inquiry

Statistics can be a valuable information resource for many of your Scientific Inquiry projects.  However, finding statistical information on the web can be tricky. Fortunately, most government agencies that collect statistical data make that information available online. Here are some top-notch sources for statistics:

Evaluating Web Sites

Ask these questions to determine whether the resources you find are credible and reliable:

  1. Who created the page? Does the person or organization have the appropriate credentials?

  2. What is the purpose of the site?  For example, is it sponsored by a company that has a financial interest in the topic?

  3. When was the page last updated? How current is the information?

  4. How does the author support his/her argument?  Does the author cite trustworthy sources?

Learn more about evaluating websites from Cornell University; or print out our handy tipsheet.