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Evaluating Web Sources

1. What is the ending of the URL?

      .gov = government
      .edu = education
      .org = organization
      .com = commercial

For your paper it is better NOT to use .com sites.

2. Is there an author of the document?

If you can’t find the author of the site, it may not be a good resource to use.

3. Is the site sponsored by a group or organization?

Read “About Us.”

4. Is the site trying to sell you something?

If the information is presenting only 1 view, is biased, uses strong language, it may not be a good site for you to use.

5. Is there a date on the website?

If there is no date, think again about using the site.

Is it up-to-date?

If you need up- to- date information (statistics or facts) it should not be used.

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