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Evaluating Websites Video

Evaluating Websites

The Internet provides access to a wide variety of sources, created by various individuals and groups. You should always evaluate the credibility of a website before using it as a source for your research. Some criteria you should keep in mind when evaluating a site:

  

Authority

Does the author provide email or contact information?

What are their credentials?

Purpose

Why was the page created?

Who is the audience?

Does it support scholarly research?

Currency

Was it updated recently?

Do the links work?

Is the information outdated?

Objectivity

Is the information biased?

Is there a conflict of interest?

Are the facts accurate?

Domain

What type of domain? .gov (government) .edu (educational)

.org (non-profit) .com (is it a reputable author or company?)

 

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