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*Who wrote it? *What gives them the right to write about it? *Who published it? *Why do they want to convince you of their argument? *Do they talk about their methods and data and research? *Can you find the background resources they used? *Is it current? *Does it need to be current?
Berkeley Evaluating resources
Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?
Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?
Evaluating the Credibility of Websites
Before you believe (and cite) everything you read on the internet, check this information. This link leads to the Johns Hopkins Library Guide "Evaluating Information Found on the Internet".
How to Evaluate Web Resources
Check the URL, Who Wrote It? Timeliness, Check Sources, Links to the Site, Overall Evaluation
Article, Video, Website Evaluation Criteria
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