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Evaluating Web Sites

How can you tell if a web site is trustworthy or not?  It's not always easy, but there are things that you can look for that will help you decide. 

 

  • Who is the author?  Are they qualified to talk about this subject?
  • How accurate is the information?  You may need to compare what you find with another source to answer this question.
  • Who is the audience?  This can influence how much detail is included.
  • What point of view is being represented?  All sites have a bias, but is it obvious or are they trying to hide something?
  • How up to date is the site?  Older information may no longer be accurate.
  • How comprehensive is the page?  Some pages may leave out critical information.