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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?


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