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Research in the Library: Evaluating Web Sources

Evaluating Websites

When you are considering using a website as a source, it is very important that you consider many factors.

  • What person or organization created the website?  Is it a well-known figure or trusted group?
  • Why was the website created?  To sell you a product?  To promote a certain point of view?
  • How do you know the information is true?  How will check the accuracy of what you read?
  • When was the site last updated?
  • Are you being asked to pay for information?

Domains

Limiting  your search to specific domains (.edu or .gov) can remove some of the less reputable websites from your Google searches. 

.com - commercial or business

.edu - educational institution

.org - organization (often non-profit)

.gov - government organization