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ANS112 - Ethics and Law for Pet Care Professionals - Shaw: Web Resources

Evaluating Sources Used for Academic Research

Purpose. Authority. Currency. Accuracy. Content.

All are important evaluation criteria when examining sources for inclusion in your research. These websites give you evaluation techniques, questions to ask, and implications to consider when evaluating online sources:

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Recommended Websites

Ethical & Legal Information

Animal History & Legal Center / Michigan State University College of Law

Search laws by state, topic, subject or species. Includes cases, comprehensive explanations of legal topics, news and legal articles on a variety of animal topics.


International Institute for Animal Law

Search laws, legislation and case law.

Animal Rights & Welfare 

The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) provides information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition.
Pet Statistics / American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Statistics on U.S. animal shelters, pet ownership and overpopulation.