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Remember, anyone can publish anything online!
Make sure you take a critical look at any websites you are considering using for your research!
Kathy Schrock's 5W's can help you to remember what things to look for when evaluating a source.
- Who is the author?
- Are they an expert in the field?
- What are their credentials?
- What is the purpose of the article or website that is sharing the content?
- Is the author selling a product?
- Could there be biases or affiliations that could influence the information presented?
- When was the material published or posted?
- Is the information too old or outdated?
- Could the post be so new that the information provided is not complete?
- Where did the author get the information from?
- Does the article include references to sources?
- If sources are cited, are they credible?
- Why would or wouldn't you want to use this information?
- Will the information from this source strengthen or weaken your argument?