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Evaluating Websites

Just because it's on the internet, it doesn't mean it's true. Be a better judge of information. Do not believe everything you read, and investigate your sources thoroughly.
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Mandy Blasberg

on 19 February 2016

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Transcript of Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Websites
How credible is a website?
There are five basic criteria you can use to determine whether or not a website can be used as a reliable, credible source for your research.
Authority
Who is responsible for the website's content? Is there an author or organization listed?

What are his/her/their credentials?

Can someone be contacted for additional information?
Currency
When was the page last updated, and when was content last added?

Are the links active, or are there broken links throughout the site's pages?
Coverage
Is there a lot of advertising on the page?

Is anything important left out of the page's content?
Accuracy
Is the content full of spelling and grammatical errors?

Does the author provide evidence for claims made on the website?
Objectivity
Is the information based on fact or opinion?

Does the website support its claim with research?

Are they trying to sell something?
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