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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
A = AUTHOR
- Do you recognize the author/publisher of the website?
- If not, is there an "About Us" or "Contact Us" page?
- Are the qualifications of the author and/or publisher available?
- What is the last part of the URL (.gov, .edu, .org, .com)?
B = BIAS
- What is the purpose of the website (to inform, to persuade or to sell)?
- Is the website balanced (offering both sides of an issue) or is it biased (opinionated)?
C = CURRENCY & CONTENT
C= Currency & Content
- Is there a date for the article or when the site was last updated?
- Is the article current enough for my research?
- Does the information meet my needs?