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Google Scholar: Finding Scholarly Information on the Web
Type your search topic (such as "nursing and technology") in the box and then click the "Search" button. Your search results (should be more academic-related since you are using Google Scholar) will be listed below. Click on the search words to go directly to the website.
Using Websites in Assignments
Always check to make sure that your website has valid information before including it in an academic paper. Here is a checklist of information.
Evaluation of Websites
- Is the source of information reputable and reliable?
- What group or individual authored the site?
- Is the information current?
- When was the site last updated?
- Are the links working?
- Does the information seem credible?
- Can the information be verified?
- Are there references and footnotes?
- Is the site organized?
- Has someone put careful thought, time, and effort into the site?
|Content and Bias
- Is the information well-balanced and of good quality?
- What is the purpose of the site?
- Why and for whom was it written?
Online Research Tools
American Fact Finder - Census Statistical Data (opens in new window)
American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.
NAICS (opens in new window)
NAICS is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
NAICS Association (opens in new window)
Commercial site providing NAICS codes.
Labor Productivity and Costs - Department of Labor (opens in new window)
Each month, the Current Employment Statistics program surveys about 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 557,000 individual worksites. The program provides detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 400 metropolitan areas and divisions.
Current Industrial Reports - United States Census Bureau (opens in new window)
The Current Industrial Report (CIR) program has been providing monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity for many years. The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products. The data is used to satisfy economic policy needs and for market analysis, forecasting, and decision-making in the private sector.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Starting a Business (opens in new window)
Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. This website provides a resources and recommended guidelines to use when starting a new small business in the U.S.