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Look at the Top-Level Domain (Listed by trustworthiness)
- .gov Government website
- .edu College/University website (make sure not undergrad student project)
- .org Organization/Non-profit
- .com Commercial site
Credible Websites (from Hartness Library)
Finding Parts of a Website for Citations
Website Evaluation (from Ohlone College)
6 Signs You Can Do Better!
- Site is an “answer engine” (Yahoo Answers, Ask.com, About.com, etc.) To help avoid getting these in your Google search, use search terms, rather than questions.
- The website is a blog.
- You don’t recognize sponsoring organization and you can’t find information on sponsor OR sponsor is not expert on the topic.
- Has not been updated in past year. (This depends on your topic).
- Has numerous ads, pop-ups or charges you for information.
- It is Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a good starting place, especially if you are not knowledgeable about your topic. Do NOT use it as a research source. Use the sources under References at the bottom of Wikipedia article to find more information.
- Adapted from Blue Valley Southwest Library