Monday, February 13, 2012

Websites, Part II

5 Good 
The articles/bios available have been compiled by alums of the university. For example, the Freud section was compiled by Himmat Rana, a graduate from the '90s, who also wrote an article titles "The Efffects of Caffein on the Performance of Cognitive Tasks." 
This site allows different people with different knowledge levels about psychology to tailor the website according to their status: members, psych professionals, journalist, or visitors. This way, the members are not encumbered by things they already know and visitors are able to find out more information about psychoanalysts.
Though it is sponsored by Amazon, and it is most likely making a profit, it does direct anyone visiting the site to texts that offer information about eating disorders/conditions. So instead of having second thoughts about a website, one can order a textbook and feel more secure in the information they are getting.
This site focuses on child mood disorders and is largely funded by the public, i.e. donations. However, there are two other sponsors who offer small funding, one of which is a foundation that helps other non-profit organizations. As a bonus, the site offers anyone a chance to review it's financial records, to see where the money is being spent.
This site is a good starter site, as it provides outside resources to direct the visitor to more knowledgeable insights perhaps not found on the main site.

So I know that a lot of people have already posted this in the first part, including myself, but I have changed my opinion on this website and moved it into the Bad section. Not only because of the debunking from class but also because its target audience seems to be the younger generation based on their more gossip inclined articles.
This is also a site that has been moved from Good to Bad. It is in violation of the credibility criteria, due to this quote found on the homepage: "We need writers!  Please contribute new entries or revisions to this knowledge base.  Email your contribution to: info [at]" No credible, academic site would ask for contributions from any visitor, but from scholars.
Helping Psychology is sponsored by Education Maverick, of which I found that it is a search engine that allows businesses to enter their information; the more info the higher their search ranking. I suppose that relates to trying to find a job in the psychology field but site itself does not offer anything concrete in the way of actually getting a job.
Though the site may offer legitimate resources, one has to join in order the access them. Some may not think it worth it to join and just consider it a hassle when other sites/resources are available.
This website, though entertaining and fun, does not offer substantial articles on psychology. And what they do offer is not likely research from reliable sources.

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