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Searching the web for information can be useful, but you have to evaluate the reliability and authority of websites in a different way than what you would find in a library database. The list below are several websites that have been evaluated as good potential resources. When choosing new websites, use the boxes below on the left to help you evaluate!
Evaluating Resources: CRAAP Test
Go beyond evaluating the webiste URL ending by using this checklist of criteria.
Endings Can Indicate Reliability
Sometimes, you can judge how reliable website information is by noting the URL ending.
.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable.
.EDU - often refers to a reliable educational website.
.ORG - implies a non-profit ORGanization. Approach with skepticism.
.COM - stands for "Commerce" and is used for business. Approach with skepticism.
General Psychology Resources
American Psychological Association (APA)
"The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members."
Psych Central Resources
"Welcome to the oldest annotated directory of online psychology and mental health resources." Web resources, categorized by subject.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
"The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities."
"MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. Content for this website is provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FindYouthInfo.gov, MedlinePlus and National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)."
CDC - Mental Health Statistics
Data and Statistics on: Depression, Mental Illness Surveillance, Non-Specific Psychological Distress, Stigma of Mental Illness, and Well-Being. Last updated in 2013.
SU's Guide to Government Documents
This page is under construction.
Affordable Health Care Act Guide
The NNLM's guide on the Affordable Care Act. While the guide is for the Middle Atlantic Region (which includes Delaware, but not Maryland) the Home tab provides useful links to understanding this bill.