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Evaluating Internet Resources
Who created this web site?
Do they provide information on their background, experience, and credentials?
Is the site maintained by a well-known or reputable organization (e.g. the American Psychological Association, American Cancer Society, etc)?
Objectivity and Reliability
Is the coverage objective? If not, is the bias clearly stated?
Is the site sponsored by a commercial organization? Is it trying to sell you something?
Who is the intended audience? Is this site for scholarly purposes or just for fun?
Are both sides of an issue or topic provided?
What geographical area is covered?
What time period is covered?
Is this the original document or has it been edited or abridged in some way?
Does the web site give a date when it was last updated?
If so, has it been updated recently?
Is some of the information clearly out of date?
Are there many links that are broken and no longer connect to the resources listed? Broken links can be an indicator that a web site is not being updated regularly.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute
Since 1954, the Archives has collected roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, oral history interviews, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documents that support the study of the history of the visual arts in America.
Frick Research Online Catalog
The catalog contains over 60,000 records for books, exhibition catalogs, journals, microforms, CD-ROMs, videos, electronic resources, archival materials, and artist files.
Getty Provenance Research Database
At the heart of its operations are the Getty Provenance Index® databases, which currently contain 1.1 million records taken from source material such as archival inventories, auction catalogs, and dealer stock books.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.
National Portrait Gallery, London
The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world.
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