How can you tell if the website you are using is a reliable source? Use the information below to help you decide.
Accuracy: Can the information given be verified by other sources? Are there spelling or other obvious errors that indicate less than scrupulous standards of publication?
Authority: Who is the author of the information? What are this person's qualifications for writing on this subject? Is the Web site sponsored by a reputable organization?
Objectivity: What are the aims and goals of the author? Is the material biased or presented to persuade the reader to adopt the writer's point of view? If the site is sponsored by a particular organization, are the goals and views of that organization presented clearly?
Currency: How up-to-date is the material presented? Is this important? Are the publication date or dates of subsequent updates easily determined?
Coverage: To what depth are the issues explored? If some aspects of the subject are not discussed is the reader told? These standards should be used by the researcher only as a guide to the reliability of the information presented.
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