It is very important to evaluate websites before including any information that you find in your essays. Here is a checklist that you can use in order to see whether the website is a reliable resource. The more "yes" answers you can give to the questions below, the more reliable the website.
Authority reveals the person, institution or agency responsible for a site has trustworthy qualifications and knowledge.
The author should be clear about the purpose of the information presented in the site. Ask yourself: What is the purpose of the site and does the content support it?
One author may claim to present comprehensive coverage of a topic while another may cover just one aspect of a topic.
It is important to know when site was created, when it was last updated, and if all of the links are current. This is because information can change very quickly.
Objective sites will present information with a minimum of bias, without the intention to persuade.
Is the information presented accurate?
Adapted from Dalhousie University Libraries "Website Checklist."
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