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PSY 150: Suicide Rates in the U.S. and Beyond (Addison)

Resources for assignments in Addison's PSY 150 courses.

Search Tips

Google Web Search

Search Examples:

  • "United States" suicide prevention
  • Pitt County "North Carolina" suicide
  • suicide prevention "South Africa"


Limit your search results by . . .

Type of Website - In the search box, type site: followed by .edu, .gov, or .org followed by keywords related to your topic.

  • .edu - associated with a U.S. school, school district, or university
  • .gov - created by the U.S. government
  • .mil - U.S. military
    • Search examples:
      • suicide
      • suicide Australia
      • suicide statistics


Country Domain Extension - Type site: followed by the domain extension to find only websites from a particular country. Country domain extension examples include .ca (Canada); .in (India); .jp (Japan); .au (Australia); .uk (United Kingdom).

  • suicide prevention

  • suicide demographics


Excluding Words - If you want to exclude websites with certain words, include a minus sign (-) just before the word you want to exclude.

  • suicide prevention international -wikipedia


Why Evaluate?

It is important to evaluate the quality of information provided by any resource that you use, but this is particularly so for websites. Since any person or organization can create a website, the user must take on the responsibility for determining the accuracy and relevance of the material on that site. This page serves as a guide to help you evaluate websites.

Web Address Clues

The last part of a website address is the domain suffix and can give you an idea about the quality or the purpose of the site. Some common examples are .com, .org, .edu, and .gov.

Restricted top level domains (only qualified entities can use these domains):

  • .edu - associated with a U.S. school, school district, or university
  • .gov - created by the U.S. government
  • .mil - U.S. military

Unrestricted top level domains (anyone, good or bad, can use these domains):

  • .com
  • .org
  • .net

Evaluating Websites: The ABC Test

Use the ABC test to help you determine the credibility of a website.


The source of the information

Who is the author, publisher, source, or sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
MOST IMPORTANT: Lateral Reading

Lateral Reading

  • Leave the website, open new tabs, and seek additional information about a website's credibility, reputation, funding, and potential biases.
  • Don't just rely on the information found on the website itself. Don't take their word for it. See what others have to say.
  • Lateral reading allows you to get a more complete perspective on the credibility of a source.

From Univ of Louisville Libraries Citizen Literacy Toolkit


The purpose and point of view of the information

What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, to teach, to sell, to entertain?
Do the authors or sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Are multiple perspectives included? 
What bias do you bring to the topic? Are you only looking for sources that confirm your current beliefs?

Be Aware of Confirmation Bias

"The first step in countering confirmation bias is to recognize it in ourselves. Then we can guard against it by getting our news from a wide range of credible sources, reading opinion columns from a variety of viewpoints, and including these varied perspectives in our social media posts."

From the News Literacy Project - "Don't Let Confirmation Bias Narrow Your Perspective."

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, and recall information in a way that supports what we already believe. News Literacy Project


The timeliness of the information

When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current or historical information?
Are the links functional? Do they take you to updated information sources?