Before using information found on a web page for your research project, consider the following criteria to evaluate its credibility.
You may have a higher quality Web page that could be of value to your research:
This infographic illustrates the questions you may need to ask yourself in order to determine if a web resource can be a trusted source.
Who - ►Authority?
Who is the author?
Are they an expert in this field?
Is a biography of the author included?
Does the author list references?
What - ►Reliability?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Can you find this information by other sources?
When? - ►Currency?
How recently was the information published?
Is this site updated and how often?
Where does the information come from?
Is it a reputable site- .org .edu .gov?
Where can I find out more about the sponsors?
Why? - ►Purpose/ Point of View?
Why was it written?
Is there a bias to try to sway opinion?
Is the author selling something?