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EVC Library Support for Online and Distance Education: Evaluating Sources

How do I determine if a website is reliable?

Evaluating Websites and Other Sources

Consider...

  • Who is the author?
  • Why was it written -- for what purpose, organization, or audience?
  • When was it written?
  • Does it include references or a works cited list?

If you cannot determine the credibility of the information you are using, especially from a website, it's best not to use it to factually support your argument. Using biased or inaccurate information in your paper can negatively impact your grade.
 

Web Searching Caution

Searching the web can be problematic because of uneven quality, authorship is uncertain, articles may be biased, few or no citations, info. is often brief and has little depth. Searching the libraries databases is more efficient