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Website Reliability Prezi

6 steps to checking the reliability or appropriateness of a website when using it for research. Modified from Paula Erickson's original work.

Jocelyn Sams

on 7 July 2014

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Transcript of Website Reliability Prezi

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
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
.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?
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
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
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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