Websites Essay

671 WordsOct 22, 20123 Pages
Websites can be a very effective tool when conducting research. They help in getting information “out there”. Websites are readily available, and is accessible to anyone who has access to a computer, with internet access. One of the main characteristics that distinguish one website from another is the information they contain. While conducting research on the effects television watching has on children, I can across two profound websites; www.kidshealth.org and www.ncbi.nih.gov. They both had a tremendous amount of information on the topic. However, I found that www.ncbi.nih.gov had the upper hand. This website had more information that was relevant and current. They information contained in www.ncbi.nih.gov were written by scholars and writers from very reputable journals. Some of the information were from studies actually conducted. On the other hand the information on www.kidshealth.org were written by unknown authors and had no real information from research or from authors who were credible. I chose to rely on the information on www.ncbi.nih.gov. This is the website for The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is part of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), a branch of the National Institutes of Health. According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Mission Statement on their website, it was founded in 1988 through legislation sponsored by Senator Claude Pepper. Since this a government sponsored organization, only credible information could be found. The authors are usually researchers and scientists, who are renounced and well versed in the topic they write/speak about. There are also articles from internationally respected journals. One such article, which was of most interest to me was “Impact of media use on children and youth” written by Dr. Peter Neiman, for the Pediatrics and Child Health

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