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Evaluating Websites

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Jessica Moore
Research/Instruction Librarian
Berntsen Library

Top Five Things

Remember the top five things to consider when evaluating websites:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Authority
  3. Objectivity
  4. Currency
  5. Completeness

Website Domains

A website's domain can tell you something about its purpose:

.com = commercial

.org = organization (advocacy)

.edu = educational

.gov = government (informational)

Evaluating Websites

  1. Where does each source come from?
  2. What is similar and different about the two sources?
  3. Which source would you cite in your paper?
  4. Why would you cite that source?