To find sites only from a specific domain type (.gov, .edu, etc.) in your Google search, there is a special command you can use: site:.xyz (where .xyz is the domain type you are looking for). Example: searching heroin site:.gov will bring back only .gov sites. Note: you still have to evaluate! Not all .gov or .edu sites will pass the CRAP test.
When considering whether a website is appropriate for academic work, use the CRAP text:
Many websites have an "About" page that provides information about the authorship and purpose of the site and the identity of any sponsors.
This worksheet, adapted from Keene State College, can walk you through the steps to evaluate a website.
For this assignment -- and for any academic work -- it is important to find and cite appropriate and credible information resources. Here is a list of some different types of resources along with notes on their usefulness and credibility:
For information on some of the pitfalls of getting information about health and science from the popular media, check out "Time To Get Rid of Bad Science Journalism," an article on the blog Debunking Denialism.