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Trusting Information Found on the Web

  • Before using information from a web site, take a moment to evaluate the quality of the information:
  • Authority
      •    Who is responsible for the site? Is it a person or an organization/corporation, etc.?
      •    Is contact information available?
      •    What can you find out about the author (personal or otherwise)? Hint: Look for "About."
    • Purpose
        • What is the purpose of the web site?
        • Is the purpose stated or inferred from the material you find?
        • What is the domain of the url: .org, .edu., .com, etc.? Do you know what these mean?
      • Coverage
          • What is the subject scope of the web site?
      • Currency
          • What is the time period of the information provided?
          • Is the site updated?
      • Objectivity
          • Does the web site promote one point of view?
          • If the site claims to be unbiased, is this true? Is equal weight given to opposing viewpoints?
      • Accuracy
          • Is data on the site attributed to a traceable source? 
          • Can you verify claims made by the web site in other web sites or articles?
      • Credibility
          • Is the author or organization sponsoring the site well known?
          • What is the reputation of this person or organization? 
          • What sites does this web site link to?
       

      link: https://www2.bc.edu/~lewbel/jugweb/history-1.html

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