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Special Collection: Researching Violence Against Women Online

The Internet offers an abundance of information about violence against women, including millions of websites, blogs, and other online resources. However, sifting through web content and finding accurate and useful information can be challenging. This Special Collection offers guidance that is meant to enhance skills and confidence on the Web, teaching ways to efficiently produce meaningful, relevant results.

The information below is organized into three primary segments: 1) a “how to” that describes searching strategies and information management, 2) “starting points” including websites, blogs, listservs, and other online resources to begin your search, and 3) critical questions for “evaluating resources” to determine their credibility, validity, and quality.

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Through an alliance between CDC-funded resource centers known as the Violence Prevention Resource Collaborative, partners from VAWnet, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Prevention Connection came together to offer guidance on researching violence against women online by developing a training session. For several years, this workshop has been offered at national meetings and conferences, and was recently featured in a web conference (see below) hosted by Prevention Connection. This Special Collection is an outgrowth of that training, offering a one-stop-shop for all associated materials and tools.

  • Exploring Online Resources for Violence Against Women Prevention Efforts | HTML HTML (1 p.)
    by Casey Keene, Jennifer Grove, and David Lee, Prevention Connection (February 14, 2007)
    This web conference demonstrates effective strategies to find online resources to prevent violence against women, including specific techniques to use with search engines, how to use searching features on web sites, and identifying credible sources.
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How To: Tips and Tools for Finding Information Online | Back to top

Overview
  • Searching the Internet on Violence Against Women Prevention | HTML HTML
    by David Lee, Casey Keene, and Jennifer Grove, Prevention Connection (2007)
    This 8 minute web-based audio visual presentation offers a starting point through a review of common techniques for effectively searching the internet to locate information that will help inform domestic and sexual violence prevention efforts.
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  • Navigating Websites on Violence Against Women Prevention | HTML HTML
    by David Lee, Casey Keene, and Jennifer Grove, Prevention Connection (2007)
    This 10 minute web-based audio visual presentation introduces the audience to strategies for effectively using websites when looking for information related to violence against women prevention.
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Searching Skills & Strategies
Searching on the Internet can be as simple or as complex as you make it. However, there are some simple tips that can help you make the most of your time and produce the most relevant results. The resources provided below offer information about web searching basics and how to enhance your searching skills.
  • Boolean Searching on the Web | Word DOC (2 p.)
    by Joe Barker, The Teaching Library, University of California (2002)
    This 2-pager provides an overview of the history of how Boolean logic became the conventional basis for searching most computerized systems. Each operator is outlined, describing what it does and when to use it. Offers both simple and complex strategies.
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  • Boolean Searching on the Internet: A Primer in Boolean Logic | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Laura Cohen, University at Albany, SUNY - Internet Tutorials (May 2007)
    This article provides a detailed explanation of how Boolean logic works, offering examples of each operator and the results it may produce. It covers full, implied, and predetermined language, and provides a selected list of search engines based on each.
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  • How to Write a More Sophisticated Search Request: Symbols and Boolean operators | HTML HTML (1 p.)
    by Susan Tenby, TechSoup (November 2002)
    This article provides a short, concise description of how to use symbols (+, -, "", *) and Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in constructing search language to produce more relevant results.
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Choosing & Using Search Engines
Probably more important than the search terms you use are the databases or search engines you choose! The resources below are provided to assist in the process of making informed decisions when it comes to starting points for your search. But even more specific than starting with a good search engine is narrowing to a particular web site that focuses on the topic you are interested in. For some ideas, see "Starting Points: Where to Look" below.
  • How to Choose a Search Engine or Directory | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by Laura Cohen, Internet Tutorials (November 2007)
    This chart offers an easy-to-use "If you want to search for..." then "Choose..." format for specific file types, search logic, options, results, and speciality searches.
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  • The Best Search Engines on the Web | HTML HTML (2 p.)
    by Wendy Boswell, About.com
    This brief article describes the best search engines for various purposes from finding academic resources to images and multimedia, producing narrow to broad results, and using keywords to full questions.
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  • Using Search Engines and Subject Directories: Find a needle in a haystack | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Susan Tenby, TechSoup (January 2004)
    This article describes how search engines and subject directories work, and offers a select list of useful "favorites" with descriptions of what they are and what they allow the user to do. Tips for what to do when you're stuck are provided.
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  • Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need | HTML HTML (8 p.)
    by Noodle Tools
    This is a listing of useful search engines broken out by needs of the searcher. Offers the best tools for basic to advnaced searching based on discipline, time period, media type, and more.
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  • Wikipedia: Researching with Wikipedia | HTML HTML (9 p.)
    by Wikipedia
    This article provides an overview of Wikipedia, noting its strengths and weaknesses as a research tool. Discusses the quality, editorial administration, oversight, and management of articles, and offers special research considerations and guidance.
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Google
Google offers a variety of useful tools and features to enhance searching. Some specialized searches include Images, Videos, News, Blogs, Books, and Scholarly Articles. In addition, there are features such as language translation, currency conversion, and search refining tools as described in “Google Help: Search Features,” listed below. Resources are offered here to help enhance your Google search.
  • Turbo-Charge Your Google Search: 23 shortcuts to help you find what you're looking for | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by Frith Gowan, TechSoup (July 2007)
    This article provides tips to help ensure you find what you're looking for when using Google by taking advantage of the search engine's powerful advanced features and special sections.
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  • Google Help: Basics of Search | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Google
    This section of the Google Help Center provides useful tips on choosing search terms, capitalization, word variations, automatic "and" queries, phrase searches, and more. General "help" guidelines should be consulted when using any search engine.
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  • Google Web Search Features | HTML HTML (10 p.)
    by Google
    This section of the Google Help Center lists all available special search features to help you find exactly what you're looking for, from images to definitions and music to news. Special tools include spell checker, web page translation, and more.
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Searching for Specific File Formats & Content Types
There are many search engines designed to locate specific file formats and web content such as blogs, videos, news stories, images, and more. Technorati tracks over 109 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media. Other tools include Google Blog Search and Blog Search Engine, which searches posts from over 10,000,000 blogs. To find specialized searches like these, use keywords like “video search” in your favorite web browser, or look to the resources provided below.
  • Top 10 Ways to Find Multimedia on the Web | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Wendy Boswell, About.com
    This article provides a list of specialized search engines find audio files, Podcasts, BitTorrent files, videos, and other kinds of multimedia.
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  • Where to Find Free Images and Visuals: Sites and search engines for finding high-quality free pictures | HTML HTML (8 p.)
    by Robin Good, TechSoup (November 2006)
    This article lists free online image banks for use when searching for quality images and photos to complement an important article, essay, presentation, or report.
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  • Search for a Specific File Format | HTML HTML (2 p.)
    by Wendy Boswell, About.com
    This article describes ways to restrict searching to find a specific kind of file such as a Word document (DOC), PowerPoint (PPT), Portable Document Format (PDF), Excel file (XLS), and others. Includes search engines with specific instruction and examples.
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Managing Information
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the volume of material available on the Internet, but there are tips and tools available to assist with information management that are truly efficient time-savers. A few minutes invested in these may save several hours down the road.
  • Video: RSS in Plain English | HTML HTML
    by Lee Lefever, CommonCraft (April 2007)
    This 3.5 minute web-based video provides a basic, easy to follow introduction to RSS including what it is and how it can be utilized for efficient information management online.
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  • Why Nonprofit Managers Must Use RSS - And How to Start | HTML HTML (6 p.)
    by Jason Zanon, TechSoup (July 2007)
    This article describes how RSS (Real Simple Syndication) can enhance the work of a nonprofit organization, and provides three simple steps for utilizing this online information management tool.
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  • New Tools to Help Ease Information Overload | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by TechSoup (June 2006)
    This article describes how emerging technologies can help you not only find the information you need more quickly, but also put it to better use. Introduces NewsMasters tools for information sorting, filtering, and overall management.
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Online Surveys
Data collection through surveying has been a popular method for information gathering long before the development of the World Wide Web. But user-friendly online survey tools are now available that make it easy to gather data quickly and efficiently. This should not be overlooked as an important source of information to guide our work.
  • Use Online Surveys to Get the Feedback You Need | HTML HTML (6 p.)
    by Yann Toledano, TechSoup (June 2005)
    This article describes the benefits of using online survey tools, lists considerations, and provides ten steps to conducting an effective online survey. Offers a list of 6 leading survey tool providers with associated plans and pricing.
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Websites

The resource-based websites listed below offer a variety of materials on violence against women and related topics. Provided as a starting point for your research, they are reliable, credible sources of useful information and data from several fields including human services, advocacy, criminal justice, academia, and public health. For additional websites that are topic- or state-specific, please visit VAWnet’s Organizational Links. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center also maintains a list of Organizations.

APRI: National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women
The mission of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute is to improve the quality of justice in violence against women prosecutions by increasing awareness of the dynamics of victimization, identifying best prosecution practices, developing research and reference resources and providing training and technical assistance at the national, regional and local levels for prosecutors, law enforcement and other allied professionals. The website offers statistics, reports, publications, newsletters, state statutes, and other useful resources.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. Its mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded. The website houses hundreds of statistical reports and raw data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Injury Center (CDC-NCIPC)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began studying home and recreational injuries in the early 1970s and violence prevention in 1983. In June 1992, CDC established the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the lead federal agency for injury prevention, NCIPC works closely with other federal agencies; national, state, and local organizations; state and local health departments; and research institutions. Their website provides fact sheets, raw data, statistics, funding information, and a variety of related publications.

Communities Against Violence Network (CAVNet)
A recipient of a Ms. Foundation grant, CAVNet is a tax-exempt nonprofit based in Washington DC. Founded and operated by the former Special Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office at the Justice Department (a former prosecutor), CAVNet has developed an international network of professionals addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, stalking, juvenile justice, human rights, same sex violence, and crime victims with disabilities. CAVNet offers a collection of resources to the public that includes an issues directory and search function for documents and organizations.

The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)
The Center for Sex Offender Management's (CSOM) goal is to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization through improving the management of adult and juvenile sex offenders who are in the community. The Center for Sex Offender Management is sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, State Justice Institute, and the American Probation and Parole Association. Web site materials available in full-text include training curricula, publications, and resources on a variety of related topics.

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)
CINAHL is a for-profit provider of health care information that offers authoritative coverage of the professional literature – journals, books, pamphlets, dissertations, audiovisuals, software, etc., -- in nursing and 17 allied health disciplines and also covers consumer health, biomedicine, alternative therapy, and health sciences librarianship. The database has full text from selected state nursing journals, standards of practice, practice acts, critical paths, research instruments, and government publications. Unique CINAHL records include legal cases, drug records, accreditation records, and clinical innovations. The database has over 545,000 records, with coverage from 1982 to the present, and is updated monthly.

IngentaConnect
Ingenta is a for-profit provider of technology services to the publishing industry. They maintain an extensive, fully searchable multi-disciplinary database of abstracts that is updated daily. This database indexes over 22 million articles in over 30,700 publications. IngentaConnect provides a fee-based search alert subscription service that is customizable in many ways, including by journal, authors, key word, and article citation.

Medline Plus
MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's database of references to more than 11 million articles published in 4,600 biomedical journals. You will find information about articles on your topic (the author, title of the article, name of the journal, date published, page numbers) Many of the listings also have abstracts and links to the full article. Please note that most of the articles you will find listed in MEDLINE are written for health professionals.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
The mission of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) is to support research, education, and access to violence related resources. The MINCAVA Electronic Clearinghouse provides an extensive pool of up-to-date educational resources about all types of violence, including higher education syllabi, published research, funding sources, upcoming training events, individuals or organizations which serve as resources, and searchable databases with over 1000 training manuals, videos and other education resources.

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV)
The NCDSV designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration, and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence. The resource section of this website offers a variety of links to websites, articles, publications and reports available for download in full text.

National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. Their Resource Library contains the material needed to address crime and victimization information needs. Included in the library are no cost full-text reports and studies, current statistics with references, and a list of recommended reading. Their Stalking Resource Center offers laws, cases, resources, statistics, publications, and newsletters on stalking and related issues.

National Criminal Justice Resource Service (NCJRS)
NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. The NCJRS sponsoring agencies publish hundreds of reports and other information products each year to share with you and your colleagues. The types of reports and their content are designed to meet the broad range of interests in the field and the audiences who use them. Most of the titles are available online through the NCJRS Web site. NCJRS hosts one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world, the NCJRS Abstracts Database. The collection, with holdings from the early 1970s to the present, contains more than 180,000 publications, reports, articles, and audiovisual products from the United States and around the world. These resources include statistics, research findings, program descriptions, congressional hearing transcripts, and training materials. The abstracts include the title, author, sponsoring agency, purchasing address, and journal citation, as well as a 100- to 200-word summary of the document's contents. Keyword and index term searches of the database are easy. With the search capabilities offered, you can quickly retrieve all the citations relevant to your question or area of interest.

The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, VAWnet
VAWnet is an easily accessible and comprehensive collection of full-text, searchable electronic resources developed to assist those working to end domestic and sexual violence by increasing access to information and materials that are timely, reliable, and relevant. VAWnet is a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), enhanced through a collaborative partnership with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). VAWnet is supported by a grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as the nation's principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources. NSVRC is supported by a grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Sexual Assault Resource Sharing Project (RSP)
The RSP was created to help state sexual assault coalitions across the country access the resources they need in order to develop and thrive. The project is designed to provide technical assistance, support, and to facilitate peer-driven resources for all statewide sexual assault coalitions. The RSP recognizes the needs of all coalitions, especially those designated as new or emerging, regarding issues of organizational growth, professional development, and policy development.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)
The NYVPRC is a federal resource for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people. This website offers access to hundreds of brochures, fact sheets, reports, and posters, and other print publications on a variety of topics related to youth violence including alcohol abuse, bullying, dating violence, depression, school violence, and more.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system's efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. The web site hosts publications, programs, funding opportunities, events, and other resources on a variety of topics from child protection to offenders.

Prevention Connection Wiki Project
Prevention Connection is a project dedicated to advancing the prevention of violence against women. As a wiki dedicated to the same goal, the Prevention Connection Wiki Project is a place to collect experiences and knowledge gained in the practice, theory, research and evaluation of violence against women prevention efforts. Although it can be read by anyone, the intended audience for this wiki is professionals and others dedicated to prevention efforts. Prevention Connection: The Violence Against Women Partnership is supported by a grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PSYCH Info (Formerly PSYC Lit)
PsycINFO ® is an electronic bibliographic database that provides abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.

SafetyLit: Injury Prevention Literature Update
Funded by the World Health Organization, SafetyLit provides information about the occurrence and prevention of injuries is available from many sources and professional disciplines. SafetyLit staff and volunteers regularly examine 2,600 scholarly journals from 35 professional disciplines and scores of reports from government agencies and organizations. A weekly update is posted every Monday morning, and can be subscribed to by e-mail or RSS feed. Abstracts relevant to interpersonal violence on SafetyLit are indexed under “Violence and Weapons Issues.”

Stop Prisoner Rape (SPR)
Stop Prisoner Rape seeks to end sexual violence committed against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention. To achieve this goal, SPR seeks to: engender policies that ensure government accountability for prisoner rape; change ill-informed and flippant public attitudes toward sexual assault behind bars; and promote access to resources for survivors of this type of violence. Their website offers legal resources, academic articles, fact sheets, reports, and access to books on related topics. A collection of press releases and news reports are available.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse
The Tribal Court Clearinghouse, a project of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country. Materials available through the website include laws and publications on child welfare, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse, domestic violence, and more.

XY: men, masculinities, and gender politics
XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men's and women's lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change. XY features over 160 articles on key 'men's issues', from fathering and men's health to the relationships between masculinity, class, race and sexuality, to domestic violence. XY also includes personal stories, book reviews and links to related websites.

Listservs/ Email Lists

Email lists or groups (commonly called listservs) can be excellent sources of information. On discussion lists, members can pose questions and share resources. "Push-only" lists (where members are restricted from posting) are the typical format for electronic newsletters or alerts, and can be a great source of news or updates. A listserv allows the sender to disseminate information to a group of subscribers by sending an email to a singular address.

This list is also posted on the Prevention Connection Wiki. Please visit Blogs & Email Groups related to Violence Against Women to see and update this growing list.

American Prosecutors Research Institute VAW Project Yahoo Group
The mission of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW) at the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) is to improve the quality of justice in violence against women prosecutions by increasing awareness of the victim dynamics and legal issues involved by providing training and reference services to prosecutors, police, and others in the justice system.

CDC Injury Center's E-Mail List
This listserv provides regular news and announcements from the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Link (CSAP Link)
CSAP Link serves a diverse group of academic, research, education, public health, public policy, advocacy, treatment, and medical professionals whose work involves or relates to child sexual abuse and its prevention. CSAP Link allows professionals to share news, information, research, articles, ideas, thoughts, and other professional material. Together, we are creating a network to exchange information and a forum to discuss and develop ideas and new strategies to effectively prevent this epidemic and heartbreaking form of abuse.

Ending Violence Against Women e-Newsletter
The E-Newsletter offers its members regular updates on the newest information and materials added to the website (http://endvaw.org) and up-to-date information on upcoming events and new publications. This EndVAW site was developed by the INFO Project to collect and share in one central location information on the latest research, tools, project reports, and communication materials produced in the worldwide struggle to end violence against women. They aim to especially cover the intersection of violence against women and subsequent effects of this violence on women's reproductive health. It is designed for researchers, health communication specialists, policy makers, and others.

FAMILYCOURTREFORM - activist & reform Yahoo Group
FAMILYCOURTREFORM is an activism & reform community with over 700 current participants. Moderator is the founder of the largest and most pro-active 'protective' mothers' group in the USA -- NAFCJ with over 1000 intake contacts since inception in 1993. Both custodial and non-custodial mothers, along with grandparents, fathers, abuse advocates and professionals and others concerned about injustices in the courts and social services in child abuse, domestic violence, custody and support matters are welcome. Discussion topics include public policy and events, effective personal activism, press relations and research findings on the courts and social services. Special focus on misuse of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) to cover up paternal child abuse. Discussion of personal case problems must be kept to a minimum, although we do help each other with insights and other information for vexing litigation problems. Archives are public for review of important documentation on system failure and leads to web sites and other resources. Our intention is produce an official record of system failure and positive outcomes for aggrieved parents and children, and best material is added to our home page web site: http://NAFCJ.org

FIVERS Yahoo Group
FIVERS stands for:
Feminists against
Intimate
Violence through
Empowerment, Energizing, Education, Exchange;
Resources, Resistance, Revolution, Research; AND
Support.
FIVERS is an e-mail discussion list that focuses on all aspects of intimate abuse and examines the phenomena from a feminist perspective. The FIVERs are a diverse group of women and men from many countries. Some of us are survivors; others are not. All of us are dedicated to building a peaceful, just and non-violent world. FIVERS seeks to provide a forum for the free and open discussion of all aspects of these issues in a thoughtful, safe and respectful environment.

Funding Alert
Compiled by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the Funding Alert provides a weekly synopsis of current fellowships, scholarships, and grants that may be used to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. To subscribe, please send your e-mail address to FUNDINGALERT@PCADV.ORG with Funding Alert in the subject line.

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence Yahoo Group
INCITE is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.
Jewish Women International's National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community is an outgrowth of JWI's Call to Action National Network. It is ideal for social workers, counselors, advocates and other professionals who work to protect and promote a healthy environment for Jewish women and their families, who are at risk for being abused or survivors of abuse.

JWI Nat'l Alliance to End Domestic Abuse Yahoo Group
This virtual network will provide for professionals and advocates:

  • Education, training and technical assistance
  • Networking, sharing of information and resources, identifying problems in service and highlighting best practices
  • Compassionate self-care programs for domestic abuse workers
  • Public policy updates and advocacy education

KIDSDVSA
Kidsdvsa is a resource-sharing listserv for staff of state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions who work on issues related to children and youth. Topics covered by this listserv include:

  • Resources for training and technical assistance to local dv and sa programs on services to children, youth and families
  • Resources for training and technical assistance to local dv and sa programs on prevention education
  • Issues related to child custody and collaboration with child welfare
  • Strategies for building dv and sa programs that support mother-child relationships
  • Other issues relevant to state coalition children and youth staff

It is a moderated membership-only email discussion list hosted by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Please note that only state domestic violence and/or sexual assault coalition staff may join this listserv.
To join, contact the moderator:
Ann Brickson
Children and Youth Program Coordinator
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
annb@wcadv.org

MenAgainstViolence Yahoo Group
This is a group created to provide support and resources for anyone wishing to promote and increase men's involvement in violence prevention. Members currently include women and men working on college campuses, in community agencies, and in national and regional organizations devoted to equality and justice and the safety of all members of our communities. It is a place for us to share ideas, successes, and challenges, and perhaps most important, a place to ask questions and provide support.

Men's Resources International Yahoo Group
This mission of Men's Resources International is to promote positive masculinity and end men's violence by supporting the development of men's programs in diverse communities, and building a global network of these initiatives working in alliance with women. This online discussion group is for men and women with male positive, pro-feminist, gay affirmative and anti-racist values to share strategies and resources for community building, organizing and social action.

Mujeres en el movimiento
This listerv provides a free, safe forum for Latinas who work in the violence prevention movement to share resources and offer support. Mujeres del Movimiento (Latinas of the Movement) is a national list serv sponsored by the CARe: Communities Against Rape Initiative in the state of Indiana at Purdue University. Membership and participation is extended to Latinas who work in or care about the prevention of violence against women. CARe: Communities Against Rape Initiative is funded by the Indiana State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Rape Prevention Education Grant - Principal Investigator, Mary Pilat, Ph.D.

National Lawyers Guild VAWA Updates Yahoo Group
Sponsored by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild for the National Network To End Violence Against Immigrant Women, this list is a private newsletter for updates to service providers who are interested in immigration legal issues arising out of the Violence Against Women Act and other relief for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

Northern New York Call2Men Yahoo Group
Our Mission: "To educate ourselves and others on the social changes needed to end violence against women."
To accomplish this goal, we will:

  • Work together with women and advocates in the community
  • Learn to recognize, acknowledge and confront sexism
  • Challenge ourselves by examining our own sexism
  • Speak openly about violence against women
  • Mentor youth by modeling equality in our relationships
  • Invite others to join us

NSVRC e-newsletter
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as the nation's principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources.

Prevention Connection Yahoo Group
End Violence Against Women Before It Starts.
Prevention Connection is where local, state, national and tribal agencies and organizations discuss how to develop, implement and evaluate effective violence against women prevention initiatives. See our web site www.PreventConnect.org for information about web conferences, Prevent-Connect radio, Wiki and presentations on prevention.
The Prevent-Connect Listserv is a moderated listserv to discuss issues related to the prevention of violence against women. Hundreds of people interested in prevention programs participate in this group. This is a national project of The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).

PROFEM
The profem mail list is an Internet mail list with a focus on men, masculinities and gender relations. The list's purpose is to:

  • Promote dialogue and networking among men and women concerned with gender justice and the elimination of sexism and gender inequalities.
  • Circulate information on new initiatives, research and resources.
  • Encourage and support men's efforts at positive personal and social change, and provide a virtual community to men (and women) who may feel isolated in their political efforts and/or their personal realisations and struggles.

PROFEM was founded in 1997. The list is different from most other men's e-mail lists that already exist. These are often dominated by men's rights and anti-feminist ideologies, and we wish to provide an alternative. Both men and women are welcome to participate on this list. Some other pro-feminist men's lists are listed among the links on XYonline.

RAINN Sexual Assault Professionals Yahoo Group
This is a private discussion group for rape crisis, medical and legal professionals who provide services to rape and sexual assault victims. It is sponsored by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), who operates a National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

SART Listserv
Hosted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the SART listserv promotes ongoing dialogue and information sharing among community and professional organizations/agencies that respond to sexual violence. The SART Listserv supports the safety, justice and autonomy of all victims and survivors of sexual violence; works to meet the needs of underserved/marginalized service providers in the development of SARTs; and creates a forum to enhance the response to systems advocacy and sexual violence prevention initiatives among sexual assault response teams.

Sexual Assault Program Coordinators List
This list was created for people who work for a college or university, or a related organization, to conduct sexual assault programming, coordinate response services, and/or work with students as peer educators, in order to reduce the prevalence of sexual and dating violence on campus.

South Asian Solidarity Network Yahoo Group
The SASN was formed to create community solutions to address and prevent issues of gender based violence, labor exploitation and economic distress that migrants from the diaspora are faced with in the US.
Our mission is to bring together South Asian community members and allies who are committed to social justice, human rights, anti-oppression and anti-violence values/principles. The coalition will struggle/organize against gender based violence, class, caste and color, oppression, sexism, heterosexism, racism, xenophobia, religious oppression, hegemonic nationalism.

Stop It Now! E-Newsletter list
This electronic listserve gives adults and professionals timely information and resources about preventing child sexual abuse. In addition to Stop It Now! program updates and our newsletter, list members are the first to hear about our new publications, trainings, marketing campaigns, and public dialogues. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email your address to info@stopitnow.org.

Stop Family Violence e-mail list
Stop Family Violence's mission is to organize and amplify our nation's collective voice against family violence. They are a catalyst for social change - empowering people to take action at the local, state and national level to ensure safety, justice, accountability and healing for people whose lives are affected by violent relationships.

Territories Listserv
Hosted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), The purpose of this listserv is to share information on emerging topics, training, challenging issues, promising practices and perhaps just the experience of providing anti sexual violence services in the US territories.To subscribe to the Territory listserv email mailto:tdiaz@nsvrc.org?subject=Subscribe%20Territory%20Listserv the NSVRC with your contact information.

UNIFEM Currents
Currents is the electronic news bulletin of the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Published at least six times per year, it provides up-to-date information briefs on UNIFEM initiatives, successes, events, projects and activities worldwide. UNIFEM (The United Nations Development Fund for Women) provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on four strategic areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty, (2) ending violence against women, (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war.

USAID Interagency Gender Working Group ListServ
The Interagency Gender Working Group maintains a moderated listserv for those interested in the IGWG and other gender related news. Members of the IGWG listserv receive e-mails relating to the IGWG's progress — information and updates on our products and services, as well as related information and announcements pertaining to gender issues. Members are encouraged to submit e-mails (such as gender articles in the population, health, and nutrition sector or conference announcements) in order to expand the network of information.

VAWA Yahoo Group

VAWnet eNewsletter
The mission of VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, is to harness and use electronic communication technology to end violence against women. VAWnet's eNewsletters provide regular updates on new resources available online, and are intended for wide distribution to advocates, human service providers, and other individuals with an interest in issues related to violence against women. Those interested in signing up to receive VAWnet E-Newsletters via email and/or fax, can contact us by phone at (800) 537-2238 or by using our online contact form at: http://new.vawnet.org/specialdocs/aboutus/contactus.html.

V-Day Union City Yahoo Group
_gaia is a collective of women artists who actively promote and support the work of local women artists. In our pursuit of awareness, we also concentrate on activism, from the issues in the local community to global issues affecting the lives of women. We have joined in the efforts of The V-Day Worldwide Campaign to present a benefit production of "The Vagina Monologues" and other artistc events to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. The proceeds from this event will be donated to a local organization in the community that is working to stop violence

Victim Advocates
Hosted by the Awareness Center, this egroup is made up of professional victim advocates who are dedicated to addressing childhood sexual abuse in Jewish communities around the world. Members of this egroup are psychotherapists, lawyers, child protection workers, law enforcement officals, rabbis, cantors, survivors, parents, and others who are interested in keeping our children safe, protecting future children from being harmed, and addressing the needs of adult survivors.

WHO SVRI List
The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council, South Africa. The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a priority public health problem. To learn more about the SVRI visit http://www.svri.org or contact svri@mrc.ac.za

Women's eNews
Women's eNews is the source for independent journalism covering stories and events that impact women's lives. Subscribe to this free news service and receive daily news stories, or daily news summaries and/or a weekly summary, with links to the full text.

Working With Boys and Men Yahoo Group
In-spite of over a decade of attention to mainstream gender concerns in development policy and practice, gender inequalities that disadvantage girls and women persist in the region, including unequal access to education, health care and income. Violence against women and girls - and violence, in general, is an issue, which almost all parts of the region have been forced to confront. We know that violence, as a phenomenon is endemic to social structures that are based on a hierarchy of power. It has been suggested that gender based violence is unleashed to perpetuate gender inequalities and keep in place gendered orders. It is rooted in rigid discourses of what constitutes the masculine and the feminine and the power relationships between men and women – boys and girls as well as other men. There is urgent need to broaden this enquiry and activism to include boys and men if we want to promote gender equality and justice. The narrow path of traditional masculinities might provide young boys with a sense of entitlement to power but it also chips away the possibilities of building healthy and equitable relationships with girls/women as well as other boys/men and traps them into a web of trauma and inadequacies.

Weblogs (Blogs) & RSS Feeds

A blog is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries (Wikipedia, 2007). Blogs can have one or many contributors, and are available on a variety of topics. For tips on conducting your own blog search, see "Searching for Specific File Formats & Content Types" above.
RSS Feeds are provided by websites as a service, announcing new content posted to that particular site. Typically, the types of information shared through RSS are blog posts or news stories. Users can subscribe to RSS Feeds and can manage and read them using a Feed Reader (available free of charge).

This list is also posted on the Prevention Connection Wiki. Please visit Blogs & Email Groups related to Violence Against Women to see and update this growing list.

CALCASA Public Policy
Feed: feed://vocuspr.vocus.com/vocuspr30/Publish/142/CALCASAPublicPolicy.xml
Updates from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault at the Capital.

CAVNET (Communities Against Violence Network)
CAVNET is a nonprofit organization addressing violence against women, human rights, genocide, and crime victims with disabilities, a proud recipient of a Ms. Foundation for Women grant and a Lifetime Television "Stop Violence Against Women" partner. CAVNET started as a diverse network of professionals and advocates working in the areas of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and rape. It began as a listserv to allow this network of individuals to share resources, but rapidly grew into an information sharing network with a website and accompanying weblog.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace
This blog is about domestic violence & its impact on the workplace as well as related topics. Hosted by Kim Wells, Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV), the only national nonprofit organization in the US founded by the business community to address domestic violence as a workplace issue. CAEPV (www.caepv.org) currently has employer members reaching over a million employees across the US with the message that domestic violence is "Everybody's Business."

Feminist Daily News
Feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/FeministDailyNews
The Feminist Daily News is produced by the Feminist Majority Foundation every weekday and includes US and global news stories about women's rights. Stay informed with stories delivered instantly!

Feminist Peace Network
Entries: feed://www.feministpeacenetwork.org/feed/
Comments: feed://www.feministpeacenetwork.org/comments/feed/
The Feminist Peace Network is dedicated to building an enduring peace, which must include ending violence towards women and children. FPN is dedicated to the urgent need of providing shelter, food, education, and a safe environment for women and children in all parts of the world, as well as creating economic conditions to ensure these human rights in the future. A strong bias towards matriarchal thinking is assumed.

Feministing
Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Feministing
Young women are rarely given the opportunity to speak on their own behalf on issues that affect their lives and futures. Feministing provides a platform for us to comment, analyze and influence.

Hardiness Zones
Hosted by Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Our vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. To that end, our mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower them.

Journals Online

ka-BLOG!
ka-BLOG! is a 16-day blog fest for the Take Back the Tech Campaign. It is open to anyone and everyone - girls, boys, everyone beyond and more -- who wants to share their thoughts, write poetry and prose, post graphics / pictures, rant, rave, heckle, make snide remarks, stick their tongue out at violence against women, and how online communications can exacerbate or help eliminate VAW.
"Take Back The Tech!" is initiated and organized by the Association for Progressive Communications, Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), are a global network of women who support women networking for social change and women's empowerment, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Legal Momentum
Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy. Feed topics include: Breaking News, Media, In the Courts, Equality Works, Family Initiative, Legislation, and more.

Masculinities in Media
Masculinities in Media is hosted by Men Can Stop Rape.
Television, Movies, Magazines, Music, Newspapers: They tell us stories about the world – and sell us what it means to be a “real man.” The messages are limiting, at best, if we don't respond to them. So here are rants, raves, analyses, formal press releases, and informal office conversations – our chance to respond!

National Organization for Women
NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Our purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society -- sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination. Available feeds include: NOW News, Press Releases, Action Alerts, and more.

Our Bodies, Our Blog
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective (BWHBC), is a nonprofit, public interest women's health education, advocacy, and consulting organization. Beginning in 1970 with the publication of the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves , OBOS has inspired the women's health movement by:

  • Producing books that makes accurate health and medical information accessible to a broad audience by weaving women's stories into a framework of practical, clearly written text;
  • Identifying and collaborating with exemplary individuals and organizations that provide services, generate research and policy analysis, and organize for social change;
  • Inspiring and empowering women to become engaged in the political aspects of sustaining good health for themselves and their communities.

Speaking Out
Speaking Out is the official blog of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). The purpose of this forum isn't to be solely a platform for TAASA's views, but a dialogue about sexual violence. We want to engage our members and readers to thoroughly explore issues raised.

Texas Council on Family Violence: Domestic Violence in the News
Includes clips of online media coverage from newspapers, wire services and television news stations featuring coverage of domestic violence news in across the nation, with most links available for 24 hours.

UNIFEM
Latest News: feed://www.unifem.org/feeds/news.xml
Publications and Tools: feed://www.unifem.org/feeds/resources.xml
UNIFEM (The United Nations Development Fund for Women) provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women's human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on four strategic areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty, (2) ending violence against women, (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war.

White Women Against Racism
We are white women who are doing sexual and domestic violence crisis intervention, prevention, and advocacy. We seek to respond to racism in our personal and professional lives, and to confront our own privilege. This blog is an extension of regular, in person group work we have done together for several years. Our work has been both about understanding and dealing with racism on its own, and about identifying the specific ways racism is manifest in violence against women issues and movements.
Goals:

  • To bring white women together to do self-study and self-work around racism, privilege and responsibility for helping to effect change.
  • To help develop anti-oppression skills in our personal lives, within our staff, organizationally and in our field.
  • To provide support to each other and others doing anti-oppression work.
  • To become ceasless allies to Women of Color with the Domestic Violence and Sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention movements.
  • To provide models for dialogue.

Women's eNews
Feed: feed://www.womensenews.org/womensenewsrss.xml
Published by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Women's eNEWS provides free, publicly available, unchanging web addresses to their news stories.

Women's Health News
The purpose of Women's Health News is to provide information and commentary on current women's health topics, including policy, legislation, news, and events, as well as to point readers to additional useful resources online. The overall mission for this site is to help women (and other humans) become better informed about all aspects of women's health.

Womenstake
Womenstake.org is the blog of the National Women's Law Center, whose mission is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.

Online Libraries

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers an online Library Database. Although the NSVRC library is a non-lending collection, they can provide selected resources upon request through their connected online technical assistance function. Library databases such as these can be extremely useful for scanning available materials and narrowing or broadening search terms.

Most State Coalitions have libraries, some of which are available online. University libraries are another great resource - educators or students associated with your organization may have access to this wealth of material.
Wikis

A wiki is a type of computer software that allows users to easily create, edit and link web pages. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, power community websites, and are increasingly being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets or for use in Knowledge Management (Wikipedia, 2007).

The most well known wiki is Wikipedia. In the anti-violence against women movement, the Prevention Connection Wiki Project is a place to collect and share experiences gained in the practice, theory, research and evaluation of violence against women prevention efforts.

Evaluating Resources: Credibility, Validity, and Quality | Back to top

Web-based
When evaluating web-based resources, it’s important to remember that anyone can put anything on the world wide web. It is important to take a close, critical look at the information you find online. The following resources provide some general information and tips on critiquing web-based resources.
  • Assessing the Credibility of Online Sources | HTML HTML (5 p.)
    by Judith Kilborn, St. Cloud State University (2005)
    This resource offers criteria for assessing the credibility of online resources. The author provides a list of critical questions one should ask in the process of evaluating such resources.
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  • Bibliography on Evaluating Web Information | HTML HTML (12 p.)
    by University Libraries, Virginia Tech (2004)
    This resource offers a listing of materials that address the evaluation of internet resources.
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  • Critical Evaluation of Resources | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by University of California (2007)
    This resource offers useful information for those doing research online. It challenges the reader to evaluate the authority and appropriateness of the resource, whether it is a book, article, or website.
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  • Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask | HTML HTML (7 p.)
    by University of California (2007)
    This resource provides information for evaluating web pages by explaining what the URL can tell you, where to find information about the organization hosting the site, and giving tips on how to check for quality in the information given.
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  • Evaluating Web Resources - Checklist | PDF PDF (7 p.)
    by WebSerch, Eddie Byrne (2000)
    This sheet offers a checklist for evaluating web resources. Evaluation categories include site publisher/author, site content, structure/navigation, links, site integrity/access.
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Print Resources
There are many things to consider when evaluating print sources such as books and journal articles. Authority, scope of the material, and timeliness are just a few of the things you may want to think about. The following resources provide informational tools and fundamental questions to consider when evaluating print sources.
  • Critical Evaluation of Resources | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by University of California (2007)
    This resource offers useful information for those doing research online. It challenges the reader to evaluate the authority and appropriateness of the resource, whether it is a book, article, or website.
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  • Critically Analyzing Information Sources | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University (2004)
    This resource discusses the importance of examining the bibliographic citation when beginning to evaluate a book or article.
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  • Distinguishing Scholarly From Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Cornell University Library (2005)
    This resource aims to guide the reader in distinguishing between the various levels of scholarship found in periodicals.
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  • Evaluating Books and Journal Articles | HTML HTML (2 p.)
    by The University of Connecticut Libraries (1997)
    This resource discusses the importance of evaluating the source of information in books and journal articles.
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  • Evaluating traditional print sources of information | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Iowa State University Library (2006)
    This resource discusses the importance of evaluating information found in books and journal articles.
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  • How to Evaluate Journal Articles | HTML HTML (3 p.)
    by Colorado State University Libraries (2006)
    This resource provides information for the reader on what to look for when evaluating a journal article.
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Research Reports
It is critical to evaluate research reports to determine the value and quality of the information provided. This includes evaluation of the research itself as well as how it is translated into a report. The following resources provide information on the evaluation of research reports.
  • Evaluating Internet Research Sources | HTML HTML (11 p.)
    by Robert Harris, VirtualSalt (2007)
    This resource provides information and useful tips on resource evaluation for those sorting through the vast amount of material available on the internet.
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  • Evaluating Reports of Research | HTML HTML (9 p.)
    by R.E. Wyllys, University of Texas (2002)
    This document provides information for evaluating research reports based on two questions: How well was the research done, and how well has it been reported?
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  • Evaluating Research: A Beginner's Guide | HTML HTML (5 p.)
    by Research in Practice
    This resource provides some very basic steps to evaluating research in order to determine the value or worth of the resource.
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  • Evaluating Research Quality | PDF PDF (17 p.)
    by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute (2005)
    This paper discusses the importance of good research, discusses common casues of biases, provides guidelines for evaluating research and data quality, and describes examples of bad research.
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  • Evaluating Violence Against Women Research Reports | PDF PDF (9 p.) PDF PDF
    by Sandra K. Beeman, VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (March 2002)
    This document is a helpful guideline for the use and evaluation of research reports. It is intended to help advocates become more skilled and confident about reading and understanding research reports.
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  • Interpreting Research Studies | PDF PDF (4 p.)
    by Guttmacher Institute (2006)
    This document is intended to help demystify social science research for those who could make use of the findings but lack specialized training in research methods.
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Citations
It is always important to look for specific information in a citation before you spend time searching for or reading a particular source. There are certain things you can look for that will tell you whether it’s worth your time to find the cited resource. The following resources provide information for evaluating citations.
  • Critically Analyzing Information Sources | HTML HTML (4 p.)
    by Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University (2004)
    This resource discusses the importance of examining the bibliographic citation when beginning to evaluate a book or article.
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  • Evaluating a Bibliographic Citation | HTML HTML (2 p.)
    by Purdue University
    In order to evaluate whether the information you have found is worth reading, it is important to take a look at the information in the citation. This article provides tips on evaluating citations.
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  • How to Read a Citation | HTML HTML (2 p.)
    by Diane Mizrachi, University of California (2004)
    This brief guide provides a description of citations for books, chapters or essays in a book, and journal articles.
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Related Special Collections & Resource Pages | Back to top

  • Data Sets
    This Resource Page features publicly-accessible online data sets on violence against women, and provides information about utilizing and/or analyzing data to enhance the work of advocates and others working to end domestic and sexual violence.
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  • Technology Safety & Advocacy | HTML HTML
    This Special Collection includes a categorized and annotated listing of selected articles, fact sheets, papers, reports and other materials regarding the use of technology as it impacts and intersects with violence against women and children.