Students often ask, "How do I know it's a good source of information?" Start by asking yourself, "Who? What? Where? Why? and When?" Who wrote it? is s/he credentialed and qualified to to write on the topic? What is the point of this article? To inform, persuade, sell, scare? etc. More ways to evaluating information are below.
Before using a website for a paper or project, you should evaluate it to make sure that it is appropriate for college level research. Consider the following criteria when you are evaluating a website:
The domain of a website indicates the type of entity responsible for creating and maintaining the site. The domain can be found in the site's URL and is always preceded by a . Below is a list of possible domain names. Click the info button to find things to consider when evaluating these sites.