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Using Appropriate Websites for School Research
- No Wikipedia
- No "Answer" websites: About.com; eHow.com; Askville; Answers.com; and Yahoo Answers
- No Blogs
- Generally .gov and .edu sites are the most trustworthy, followed by .org and then .com
- When you find a website you would like to use, make sure you find out the sponsor of the website.
- The sponsor can usually be found at the bottom of the website near the copyright date. If it is not there, check the "Contact Us", "About Us" or "FAQs".