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How can you tell if a web site is trustworthy or not? It's not always easy, but there are things that you can look for that will help you decide.
- Who is the author? Are they qualified to talk about this subject?
- How accurate is the information? You may need to compare what you find with another source to answer this question.
- Who is the audience? This can influence how much detail is included.
- What point of view is being represented? All sites have a bias, but is it obvious or are they trying to hide something?
- How up to date is the site? Older information may no longer be accurate.
General Geography Sites
American Geographical Society
The American Geographical Society is an organization of professional geographers and other devotees of geography who share a fascination with the subject and a recognition of its importance.
Country Studies: Library of Congress
Intended for a general audience, the books in the series present a comprehensive description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world.
The Royal Geographical Society (in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey) has created this website which explores all aspects of life on this landmass.
E-Podunk: the Power of Place
Provides in-depth information about more than 46,000 communities around the country, large and small, from Manhattan to Los Angeles, Dime Box to Podunk. Also, geocoded information about thousands of parks, museums, historic sites, colleges, schools and other places across America.
In English and Spanish
Geography Dictionary and Glossary for Students
Short definitions of terms in both physical and cultural geography. It is strictly an alphabetical listing, no searching.
The National Geographic online; with feature articles, maps, photographs, and online forums.
Political Geography Now
Political Geography Now (PolGeoNow) chronicles changes to the world's countries, borders, and capitals, as well as real territorial control in conflict zones and disputed
From NASA. Images and animations of physical geographic topics, usually by satellite photos.
World Data Atlas from Knoema
World and regional statistics, national data, maps, rankings