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Research Guides

Evaluating Websites: Why Evaluate?

Guide to evaluating websites for papers, presentations, and other projects.

The Problem

It's a Googlized world, anyone can find a wealth of information on just about any topic. The challenge comes in selecting appropriate and reliable sources. Just because a web page comes up on the 1st page of Google search results does not mean it is an appropriate or reliable source of information. Given that all sources are not created equal, learning to analyze and evaluate critically is an important part of the research process.

"The Internet epitomizes the concept of Caveat lector: Let the reader beware."
                                                                                                                               Elizabeth E. Kirk

The Criteria for Analysis

Authority 
Purpose
Content
Relevancy

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