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Why evaluate a website?
You need to evaluate a website before you decide that the website is correct for research
Anyone can publish a website
The web is an open environment and no one will review the information once it is published.
How do you evaluate a website?
- What does the URL say about the purpose of a website?
- .com=business/marketing, e-commerce
- .mil=military site
- .edu=academic, college/university
- .gov=U.S. government produced
- .org=organization, may be charitable, religious or a lobbying group
- ~ (tilde) indicates personal Web page
- What are the goals of the website?
- Is the web site biased or objective?
- Is the topic covered detailed? Does it look like a quality website? Does it look useful?
- Is the author or organization listed?
- Is the author of the website credible? Does the author have education or credentials listed?
- Is the organization well known?
- Is the content of the web page accurate and relevant?
- Does the website list where the information was obtained?
- Verify the facts of the website with other sources such as an instructor, librarian or through authoritative books
- Verify the creation and revision dates of the website
- Is there an “about us” or “contact us” on the website?
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