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Smarter Internet Searching: Evaluating Websites

A guide for when you are using resources outside of the library databases

Evaluating Websites

When you are deciding whether or not to use a website, think critically and look for clues about credibility and authority. Also pay attention the information you get from the web address itself and refer to the chart below (Who Should You Trust?). If you are still unsure, review this guide on Evaluating Information.

Evaluating websites chart

Understanding Misinformation

Get to Know Domain Extensions

Who can you trust? Dot gov and dot edu are best bets for trustworthy domain extensions

The WHY Method of Evaluating Sources