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HIS 104, Sprankle, South: Evaluating Websites

U.S. History from Early Colonization through 1865

Evaluating Websites Video

You Tube video courtesy of Trident Tech College Learning Resource Center.

Search Tip! GOOGLE Advanced Search

This library guide provides many, many excellent librarian-selected websites as resources (along with database articles and books) for your assignment.  However, if you want to search for more websites, we recommend conducting an advanced search using more credible domain extensions:

Extension Type Example
.gov government www.senate.gov
.edu education www.ccac.edu
.org organization www.epa.org
.mil military www.carlisle.army.mil


You can select your domain extension when conducting a search in Google Advanced: www.google.com/advanced_search.   You can type in your search terms/keywords in the search box, then type in your extension in the site or domain box, then click search.

Evaluate your sites!

Evaluating Websites

Because there is no review process or regulation for the public Web, you will need to judge for yourself the quality of the material you find.   Keep in mind these questions:

Accuracy   Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?
 
Authority   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   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   On what date was the page created? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
 
Use

  Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?


TIP!  For more information on evaluating not only websites, but also periodical articles and books/ebooks, visit the iCONNECT tutorial:  Step 4 - Evaluate Resources.

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