Evaluate the Information

   
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REMEMBER: the Web is a self-publishing medium. That means anyone in the world can publish a web site. So when you're using a web site for research, look for:

Accuracy

Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?

Authority

Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.

Objectivity

What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?

Currency

On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?

Use

Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?