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Basics for Using Library Resources

Evaluating Websites

A good website should meet these criteria: 

  • Content appropriate and complete enough for your needs
  • Current enough for your needs
  • Reliable content--Verifiable from other sources
    • Free from bias (or the opinions are clearly stated and supported by facts)
  • Authority--the author or sponsor is clearly shown. 
    • The author or sponsor is qualified to impart information on the subject
  • Purpose and Point of View--The purpose and point of view of the website are clear. 


Human Development & Family Science at OSU

Department of Human Development and Family Science

The HDFS website features current events in the department, links to the numberous research centers in HDFS, information for students, and the departmental faculty/staff directory.

College of Human Sciences

This is the College's homepage.  The College of Human Sciences, previously the College of Human Environmental Sciences, has as its mission to "advance and apply knowledge while developing effective professionals, engaged citizens and visionary leaders who promote the physical, social and economic well-being of people."   Go to the College website for an overview of its departments, services, and events.


 NOTE:  The quotations below come from the associations' websites. 

Gerontological Society of America   "Interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging".

National Association for the Education of Young Children  The "world's largest organization working on behalf of young children".

Society for Research in Child Development  "Promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development,... foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals...and to encourage applications of research findings".   

American Educational Research Association    Is "concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results". 

 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)    The NCFR is "the oldest, multi-disciplinary non-partisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education".  "The premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families".

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy  The AAMFT "is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy'.

Society for Research on Adolescence   "Established in the winter of 1984, the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) is a rapidly growing, dynamic society focused on the theoretical, empirical, and policy research issues of adolescence".

American Sociological Association (ASA)  "A non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and  profession serving the public good".  Some HDFS faculty at Oklahoma State have backgrounds in sociology.  


Foundations, Research Centers, Extension


Annie E. Casey Foundation
A national, private foundation whose primary mission is to "foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families".  AECF produces many reports, including the annual KIDS COUNT report. 

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
This Institute "creates awareness, takes action and changes policy on behalf of children and youth".  The Institute focuses on assuring that all children have health care, educational opportunities,  freedom from poverty and abuse, and "the chance to achieve their potential and their dreams". 

W.K. Kellog Foundation 
The Kellog Foundation promotes the welfare of children  by "sponsoring dialogue in local communities and building national networks to help identify challenges, establish priorities, coalesce resources and help children succeed" .  They also support community-based and national organizations in promoting healthy, educated children and secure families.

National Center for Education Statistics 
This Center is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. It provides reports and data on educational issues from early childhood to adult education.

 Cooperative Extension--Family and Consumer Sciences
Outreach, information, publications from Oklahoma State's College of Human Sciences and other Extension programs.