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ESL 91 - Controversial: Evaluate

This guide serves as a tool for students who will be writing research papers in their ESL 91 class.

How do I determine if a website is reliable?

Evaluating Websites and Other Sources


  • 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?

Handout: "Guide to Evaluating Sources" EVC Library

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

Using the CRAAP Method