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How to Write a Research Paper: Evaluating Internet Sources

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Criteria for Evaluating Internet Sources

In evaluating the information that you find on the Internet, here are some of the things you should consider for each site:

  • What is its purpose?
    • Inform
    • Entertain
    • Teach
    • Persuade
    • Sell
  • Who is reponsible for the site?  In other words, who is the author or sponsor?
    • What is the author's/sponsor's background
    • Is author/sponsor an expert?
    • Is the author/sponsor reputbale?
    • Is author/sponsor opinionated?
    • What is the website's domain?
    • Is it a personal website?
  • How accurate is the information on the site?
    • Is it reliable/error-free?
    • Can you verify the information somewhere else?
  • Is the website current?
    • Is the page dated?
    • Are there expired links?
    • When was it last updated?
  • Is the website objective?
    • Does it show a minimum of bias?
    • Does it present many opinions or just one?


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