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Credible Websites

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Debbie Zewe

on 4 April 2016

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Credible Websites
Question of Credibility
Who wrote the page?
Look for an "About" the author link.
Does the author provide credentials?
What is the author's education or experience?
"Google" the author for info.
Who published the site?
As the internet becomes a more common mode of sharing information, and as the number of sites grow, you will need to distinguish FACT from FICTION.

After all,
can post
can create a website,
can pretend to be someone else.
try to mislead you!!
The Internut
Accuracy, cont.
Does the site contain spelling errors or other inaccuracies?
Does it include information that is
contradicted by other sites or itself?
Are the links functioning?
When was the site last updated?
Are there an overabundance of ads?
Does the site Inform, Persuade, Educate or Entertain?

Does the site provide a "Works Cited" or bibliography?

Support, cont.
Does the site offer instructional support materials?
Does it contain primary source material with links to supporting documentation?
Evaluating Websites
What to look for in a website
C = Credibility
A = Accuracy
R = Reasonableness
S = Support


After completing this evaluation presentation, you will be able to:
•Evaluate the usefulness and relevance of any website.
•Define and apply evaluation criteria to any website.
•Use quality sources of information for your research.

Ask questions to assess reasonableness.
Is the purpose stated clearly?
No prejudice or bias?
No extremist views that reveal anger or anxiety?
Is personal data requested?

If any of these are present, move on to a more reasonable website.
Reasonableness, cont.

Reasonableness merely means that the information, data, tone, argument and perspective offered at a site are fair and reasonable. Remember, your goal is to avoid the odd and unreasonable world of the

You can find some great information on the World Wide Web. But just because information is there and easy to find doesn't mean it's good information.
Is there good stuff on the Web? Yes.
Is there great stuff on the Web? Yes.
Is there crummy stuff? You bet.
Evaluating Websites
What type of extension is at the end of the URL?
.com = commercial
.edu = educational
.gov = government
.mil = military
.org = nonprofit
Credibility, cont.
Credibility means that an author of a web site is an expert in that area. What else has that author written?
There are several important questions to ask yourself that will help you assess the credibility of the site.
Credibility, cont.
Check the website's domain name. Use http://www.whois.sc
Go to this website now and type in trinitypride.org. What did you find?

Do the links on the website work?
Credibility, cont.
Is there a tilde in the address of URL? (This indicates a personal page created by an individual.)

Is the site selling a product?

Is there a bibliography of the author's previous works?
Credibility, cont.
Accuracy means that the information offered at the site is correct and supported by other reputable sources.
Now it is time to practice what you have learned. Choose the "Evaluating Websites" form. When completed, you must
then SUBMIT.
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