HOW TO EVALUATE WEB SOURCES

What exactly does it mean to find credible and reliable web sources? What are the criteria for evaluating web sources? Why is it important to evaluate web sources? This story addresses these issues, as well as websites for evaluation

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  1. CREDIBILITY OF WEB SOURCES

  2. The increasing ease of web publishing, allowing anyone the ability to publish web content, has rendered the task of evaluating the credibility of online information a crucial one.

    To filter out possible false information/misinformation being spread on the Internet, it is necessary to evaluate the sources that dispensed the web content in the first place.  Use the short list below to check the credibility of any web source.


    WEB SOURCE EVALUATION CRITERIA

    A. Source (Notable Publisher/Institution Listed? .COM, .EDU, or .ORG?)
    B. Author (Author Listed? Qualifications? Affiliations?)
    C. Timeliness (Published Within The Last 2 Decades?)
    D. Evidence (Evidence Supported By Cited Sources?  Are Cited Sources Credible?)
    E. Biases (Author/Publisher Biased?)
    F. Advertising (Are Ads Present?)


    EXERCISES FOR REFLECTION

    1.  Use the Web Source Evaluation Criteria to rate the credibility level of each website below.  Give 1 point for each criterion only if satisfied.
    (On Scale of 1 - 6 Points:  1 = Not Credible; 6 = Very Credible)  

    2.  Which of the websites below do you trust to contain credible information?  Which website(s) would you use to support an academic essay?
  3. ARE THESE WEBSITES CREDIBLE?

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