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Can I trust this website?
Transcript of Can I trust this website?
There's just so much information on the web.
How can I know if the information is RELIABLE?
And any John Doe can make a website these days...
Heck, even my Aunt Elsa writes a blog about her wacky theories on child-rearing
First, the AUTHOR
Second, the PURPOSE
Third, the DATE
A good website always makes the author obvious.
...And always gives a little extra information about what they do
An educational institution?
...And how you can contact them.
Websites are usually created for a number of reasons:
To Sell a Product or Service
Choose websites that deal with subjects in a more unbiased way.
Not everything on the web is current. Websites can be abandoned, and outdated information can persist.
A Last Modified, or Last Updated date on the page you're using can be a good indication of currency.
Lastly...good websites generally display:
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And that's the basics of evaluating websites. Easy... right?
Excellent writing style (incl. grammar)
References to reputable sources
Links from other reputable sources
Of course, Library resources are usually best.
But, if you HAVE to use information from a website,
here are a few things to consider...