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NU415: Leadership, Finance, and Health Care Policy in Nursing Resources: Internet Resources

Researching Non-Profits

Guidestar.org is the largest database of non-profit organizations which seeks to enhance transperancy as well as connect organizations with donors and volunteers. Non-profit tax forms (IRS 990's) are organized and made available through this website. The website also contains a great deal of information that is self-discolosed or collected by guidestar.org.  

Website Evaluation Tips

Check out these tips when deciding to use an online source. Always be skeptical. 

  • Authority: Who is responsible for creating the web page? Is there a publisher or sponsor of the web page? Can you find information about the author and publisher? 
  • Audience: Who is this web site created for? Is the content geared towards an age group or population group? 
  • Accuracy: How does the information compare to other sources?
  • Content: What is the content of the web site: images, articles, a blog? The type of domain (.edu, .gov, .org) may provide some clues about the information.  Can you detect a bias? Are there cited references?
  • Currency: How recent is the web site? Is there information on when it was last updated?