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DVS ALL, Allegheny/HBC: Evaluating Websites

This guide will be useful for DVS 060 students who are researching their assignment on health topics.

Evaluate Websites

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The following are some general, basic criteria to consider when evaluating resources:  

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 (.org, .edu, .gov, etc.) to determine if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.

Objectivity
What is the stated purpose of the site?
Examine the "About..." or "Mission" links on a web page.
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 work?

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

Internet Domain Extensions

From Pollak Library, Cal State Fullerton.

Web Evaluation Exercise

web evaluation exercise

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