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Tips for Evaluating Information

Here are some things to look for when you're evaluating a Web site or a source other than an article found through a library database, book, etc.


Simply speaks to the recency of published information.   


Locate the author of a publication, Web site, etc. Is he or she qualified to speak on a given topic?


Sometimes a sponsor will have a hidden agenda.  This is something that I learned when looking for the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) in SourceWatch.  


Ties in with authorship and sponsorship.  What is the intent of the Web site or publication?


Is the information found on a given Web site, book, etc. accurate?  

Hacker, Diana, and Barbara Fister.  (2009).  "Tips for Evaluating Sources." Bedford/St. Martin' Bedford St. Martin's, n.d. Web. 19 Aug. 2011.  Retrieved from

Quaratiello, Arlene, and Jane Devine. The College Student's Research Companion : Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011.

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Tools for Evaluating Organizations on the Web

These sites will help you find out whether or not the organization that is sponsoring a Web site you've selected is trying to persuade or inform you.


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