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Linguistics: Online Resources

Evaluating Information on the Web

These tips will help you evaluate the quality, accuracy and reliability of information you find on the Web.



  • Who wrote the page - where is the information coming from?
  • Is the author qualified to speak on the topic?
  • Is the site reputable?


  • Is the information Correct?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?
  • Are there references available to back up the author's claims?


  • Is the purpose of the website to inform you?
  • Is it promoting or selling something?
  • Is it biased?


  • When was the site last updated?
  • How current are the links – have some expired or moved?


  • What topics are covered on the site?
  • Is the information on the site well presented?
  • Is special software required to view the page or is it fee based?

Recommended Websites

Ask A Linguist

A service provided by The Linguist List (above). Anyone interested in language or linguistics can ask a question and get the response of a panel of professional linguists. Browsable FAQs.

Cascadilla Proceedings

An imprint of Cascadilla Press. For proceedings of linguistics conferences and workshops.

IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive)

Recordings dialects are downloadable and playable for both Windows and Apple computers.

iLoveLanguages: Linguistics

An extensive catalogue of language-related internet resources. Gives access to over 2000 hand-reviewed links. You can search or browse by subject or category.


An openly accessible repository of scholarly papers, discussions and other documents for linguistics.

Linguist List

The electronic network for professional linguists. Hosts searchable archives of many linguistics mailing lists. Monthly announcements of new books, with abstracts.

Linguistic Discovery

Free peer-reviewed online journal from Dartmouth College, UK. Dedicated to the description and analysis of primary linguistic data

The Semantics Archive

For exchanging papers of interest to natural language semanticists and philosophers of language