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Poverty and Privilege: Websites and Google Search Tips

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Democracy – Economic Aspects

Economic Development




Income Distribution   



Social policy

Social Stratification


Psychological aspects – Poverty


"We need to stop being non-racist, and start being anti-racist"

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 Measure of America - a project of the Social Sciences Research Council that attempts to "provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America."

World Income Inequality Database - from World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Dept. of Labor -Find and download data on income, employment, unemployment, pay & benefits, etc.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) - National and Regional GDP data including GDP by State and Metropolitan Area and State and Local Area Personal Income

Too Much! A Commentary on Excess and Inequality  A project of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies

MIT Living Wage Calculator

RaceForward Systemic Racism Videos

Kaiser Health Facts

US Census: Income and Poverty in the US

Northwestern Institute for Policy Research

Peggy McIntosh’s now-famous 1988 piece White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," and a contemporary riposte by Gina Crosley-Corcoran , "Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person."


Evaluating a Website

When using a website for research, it’s important to consider several factors to make sure you’re getting accurate, objective, and current information. Here are some questions to ask yourself as your evaluate websites:

1.  Who provided the information on the website and are they qualified to write on that particular topic? Is there a way to contact the author(s)?

2.  What organization, institution, or company is responsible for the website? What kind of domain does the website use? Website URLs that end in .edu or .gov are often more reliable and objective than commercial websites ending in .com.

3.  What opinions are expressed on the website? Does the website provide objective, factual information or does it seem more like an advertisement for a product or a platform for someone to express a personal opinion?

4.  When was the website created? Is there an indication that the information has been kept up-to-date? Do the links still work or do they mostly lead to defunct websites?

5.  Are there citations or clearly identified reliable sources for the information presented?

(Source: “Teaching Undergrads Web Evaluation: A Guide for Library Instruction,” Jim Kapoun, reference and instruction librarian at Southwest State University.)


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