Answered By: Anthony Anderson
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2016     Views: 57

There are many things you can look for in a website to evaluate reliability. Try asking yourself these questions:

  • Currency - Is the site up-to-date, or might there be newer sites that contradict, expand, or support this one?
  • Relevancy - Is this site relevant to your topic or question?
  • Accuracy - Is this site accurate? Is it logical and does it make sense to me, or are there internal contradictions? Does it link or refer to its own sources?
  • Authority - Who is the creator of the site? Have they added any biases to the information presented? Are they a reputable or well-respected person in the subject area?
  • Purpose - What is the purpose of this site? Is it intended to educate, inform, or sell?

For evaluating all types of information you may want to take our Evaluating Sources tutorial.

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