Before you use a website for your research, it is wise to consider the source. There are many ways to determine if a site contains reliable information. The following criteria can apply to any information you find, not just the web.
Give the CRAAP Test a try!
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
• When was the information published or posted?
• Has the information been revised or updated?
• Is the information current or out-of-date for your topic?
American Rhetoric -a web site that contains a speech bank, video speeches, top 100 speeches and much more.
ProCon.org could be used for picking a topic.
NewSeum shows the front pages of the world's newspapers.
US Census Bureau -a wealth of information/statistics on people, industry, geography and more.
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials -a free digital archive of tv commercials from the 1950's to the 1990's.