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Evaluating Web Resources

Evaluating Internet Information

The internet provides useful, current and interesting information as well as very biased, inaccurate or incomplete information. The following criteria may help you determine whether to use a specific web site for information.

Authority

* Look at the URL and determine the type of domain (.com, .edu, .gov, .org, etc.).
* Identify who created the site; this information may or may not be listed on the website.
* Find the author's or publisher's credentials; this information may or may not be listed on the website. On many websites, the  section called 'About Us' will provide this information.
Scope
* Consider the purpose of the site.
* Find out when the site was created and how frequently it is updated. Check to see when was it last updated. Older information may or may not be useful to you.
* Determine if the website provides unbiased information and/or covers more than one side of the topic.
Accuracy
* Try to evaluate if the information factual or opinion.
* Consider whether the information can be verified elsewhere. 

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