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Resources to help determine the credibility and authority of websites found on the Internet.

Evaluating Sources

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Evaluating Online Sources

You should carefully examine the content of any web site you wish to use for your research. The following web sites will assist you with validating web resources:

Galileo Online Library Learning Center (see #11)

Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools

A Quick Guide to Website Evaluation

The more criteria listed below that a website has, the better the chance of it being a quality website.

*Accuracy. The page lists the author and/or institution that published the page; a means of contact (email, phone, address) is provided.

                  Ask yourself:  Who made the website and what is its purpose?

*Authority. The page lists the author credentials; the URL has a preferred domain name (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net).

                  Ask yourself:  Is the author qualified to write about the subject?

*Objectivity. The page provides accurate information with limited advertising; the information is presented objectively.

                  Ask yourself:  Does the author express opinions or facts?

                                       Are there a lot of ads?

*Currency. The page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page); the links (if any) are also up-to-date.

                  Ask yourself:  When was it last updated?

 *Accessibility. You can view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirements.

                  Ask yourself:  Is it easy to find the information you need?

Paraphrased from:

Kapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523.

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