Throughout the research process, you should be evaluating your sources to determine if they meet your research needs. Below are some guidelines to follow in the evaluation of your sources. These guidelines can be applied to books, articles, websites and any other resource you may be using.
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The Internet is a wonderful resource for finding all kinds of information, just be sure to carefully evaluate all information just as you would other research resources. For more information on evaluating websites go to:
The worksheet below can help you evaluate websites and determine whether or not they are appropriate for your research.
Utilize domains to evaluate websites
Knowing what the domains stand for can assist you in your evaluation.
.gov - Government - indicates that the site is sponsored by federal, state or local government. The federal government sponsors several educational sites covering many topics from medicine to plants. The government also has many sites with helpful statistical information.
.edu - Education - indicates that the site is sponsored by an educational institution. As always, carefully evaluate the information on these pages as individual students and faculty can utilize the space to present a variety of information.
.org - Organization - usually indicates that the site is sponsored by an organization, but this domain is now available to anyone. These pages sometimes present useful information but can also be used to persuade and present one side of an issue.
.com - Company - usually a commercial site that is selling a product or service.