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Is This Web Site Credible?   Tags: websites  

Tips and techniques for evaluating web sites.
Last Updated: Oct 3, 2012 URL: http://guides.stedwards.edu/websites Print Guide Email Alerts
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Questions to Ask

 

Your Objective

Find independent evidence to support a decision that the information is authoritative / credible.

If you can't show evidence supporting credibility, don't cite or otherwise use information from the site.

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Tips on Finding Answers

Look for links that say "About", "Biography" "Who we are" etc.
If there is no such link be very very wary.
If you do find it ----
Remember there is NO assurance this information is accurate or complete.
 
Verify information through sources independent of the website.
   -Google organization, author names or board members of organizations
   -Use Discovery Search to find articles about or by a person or organization
   -Search Lexis-Nexis for the name of an organization, are they mentioned in the mainstream news and in what context
   -Check SourceWatch, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy, for information about an organization
 
Look for affiliation. Find out who pays for site.
   -Check to whom the web site address is registered at www.easywhois.com
What web sites link to the page?
   -Go to Yahoo  and do a “link” command search. "link:url of website"   ex. link:library.stedwards.edu
       This search can also be done in Google but Yahoo  seems to be more thorough
 
Check previous versions of the web site’s home page at www.archive.org

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