These sites are helpful for Political Science Research at the Mount.
When evaluating a website for reliability, consider its URL Address ending:
.com - Company selling something
.org - Nonprofit, but has an agenda
.gov - Government site
.edu - Educational institution
.net - Personal site
A company will most likely give a rosy view of what it is claiming according to its agenda. A nonprofit organization is not selling something, but will most likely give an opinion that is coherent with its own agenda. Government and educational sites tend to be objective and cite claims. Personal sites require no authoritative background to post information.
Other criteria for evaluating sites are mispellings, poor grammar, no citations, incorrect citation format.
Keep in mind that when surfing the web, no credentials are required to post information, only software and access to server space are needed.
Freedom House supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights around the world. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House amplifies the voices of those fighting for freedom in repressive societies. We work directly with democracy and human rights advocates in their own countries and regions. These reformers include human rights defenders, civil society leaders and members of the media. Freedom House’s programs provide these advocates with resources that include training, expert advice, grants and exchange opportunities. We press the United States, other governments, international institutions and regional bodies to adopt consistent policies that advance human rights.
Political Science, of all disciplines, relies the most on current information. News sources, newspapers, journals, television and blogs all contribute to our knowledge of what is happening on the national or world stages. It is important to trust your sources and know that, in the case of journals, they are scholarly, or in web sites, authoritative. Scholarly journals are addressed in the page Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Journals.
Other sources of articles include: