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German Studies: Online Resources

Evaluating Information

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

Authority

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

Accuracy

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

Objectivity

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

Currency

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

‚ÄčCoverage

  • 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?

Useful websites

Goethe-Institut Irland

The Goethe-Institut Irland organises and supports a wide spectrum of cultural events which present German culture abroad and promotes inter-cultural dialogue.

Hueber online dictionary

A free online dictionary suitable for beginners.

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

The German Digital Library provides access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores. 

Deutsch-Lernen

Provides free German classes online. You will need to register to access most of the content.

Studying-in-Germany: Learning German

A beginner's guide to learning German from Studying-in-Germany.org, the largest information portal for international students interested in studying in Germany.

Deutschland.de

A German language website providing content on culture, politics and economics aimed at an international audience.

FilmDienst

Filmdienst.de is an online portal to information on German-language and international films. 

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