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Evaluating What You Find

Because anyone can publish pages on the Public Web, not everything you find will be appropriate to use in your OC classes. If you use the Public Web, you will need to evaluate the credibility of the web pages you find.

Keep in mind these questions:

Your Web Assignment What does your research assignment require? Does your professor allow Public Web sources?
Accuracy of the Website Does the information seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
Authority of the Website Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
Objectivity of the Website What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?
Currency of the Website On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
Use for Research Based on your responses above, should you use this information in a college research paper?