Evaluating Sources

Strategies for Evaluating a Web Site

To learn more about the publisher of a Web site, try to locate its disclaimers. Look for their "site information" or "about" links and examine them carefully. If you are visiting a Web site sponsored by an organization or agency, find out where their mission statement is located and examine it carefully as well.

Finally, examine the related Web sites to which the one you are evaluating is linked. Web site publishers tend to link their site to ones they think you will find useful and those that generally agree with their particular outlook or mission statement.

Examining these links can help you decide whether the publisher of a particular Web site is credible and provides information relevant to the paper you intend to write.

Here are a few questions to ask when evaluating a Web site:

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