There is a wealth of information online from every possible point of view. How do you, as a researcher, determine which sites are credible? Which sites can you trust to cite in your inquiry?
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Start with a few simple questions……
…………………………..business, media outlet, university, individual, non-profit organization
Why are they posting the information?
……………..to inform, to persuade, to sell, to share an opinion, to demonstrate a function
1) Read the URL to determine the server name and the domain name:
.gov, .org, .edu, .com, .net, ~bates, .ca, .au, .uk
2) Check the publisher: header/footer, contact us/link to home page or author
3) Google the pieces of information to find out more
4) Use the link command to check the credibility of the site. In Google, type link:webaddress
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TEST YOUR SKILLS:
A. Which website has the most trustworthy information?
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B. Which of these websites would you cite in a research paper on Victorian era inventions?
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ACCESS CREDIBLE WEBSITES: search online databases.
Too often, students restrict their searches to websites freely available on the internet. Some of best resources are not free. Subscriptions must be paid. Schools and libraries purchase subscriptions for students to use. The best ones can be found on your school library and public library websites.