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Website reliability

6 steps to checking the reliability or appropriateness of a website when using it for research.

Paula Erickson

on 18 November 2012

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Transcript of Website reliability

How to tell if a website is worth using in your research Website reliability and appropriateness Who authored the site? Who published the site? What is the purpose of the site? Who is the intended audience? What is the quality of the information provided? How does it add up? Look for "about" or "more about the author May be a cooperate author Do they give credentials? Google the author Be suspicious if no author is given Look at the domain name Do a search on the domain name at
http://www.whois.sc/ .edu = education
.mil = military
.gov = government
*good sites .com = commercial
.org = organization
.net = network
* be suspicious To sell a product? As a personal hobby? As a public service? To further scholarship on a topic? To provide general information on a topic? To persuade you of a particular point of view? How to find out --> Scan the homepage of the website--> Is it cluttered
with advertising? Does the page appear to be
professionally designed? Is the writing trying to
persuade you to buy something? Scholars or the general public? Which age group is it written for? Is it aimed at people from a particular geographic area? Is it aimed at members of a particular profession or with
specific training? Timeliness Does the author cite sources? What type of other sites does the website link to? What type of sites link to the website you’re
evaluating? When was it published? Is it regularly updated? Look for dates on each page Is the website being cited by others? In Google or Yahoo:
type “link:[name of your website]” Do the results include reputable sites? Compare: website to needs Do they match? When in doubt --> Ask instructor or librarian Source:
Petrosino, Dr. Anthony J. "How Can I Tell if a Website is Reliable?" . University of Texas at Austin. Web. 18 Nov 2012. <http://www.edb.utexas.edu/petrosino/Legacy_Cycle/mf_jm/Challenge 1/website reliable.pdf>.
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