Questions to Ask
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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The best evalutive tip -- Critical thinking
These websites pass the test on many of the evalutive criteria, see if you think they are credible.