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Evaluation Criteria for Websites
Four Criteria to look for when evaluating open (no password needed) websites:
Remember the acronym CUBE
- Is it written like real research? Are there typos? How credible is a source if there are typographical errors?
- Are the sources they use in a bibliography? if not, do the authors give enough information that you can prove their sources exist and their quotes are accurate?
- Are there dates on the page indicating when it was written or last revised?
- Are there indications that the material is kept current?
- Is the information Unbiased? Is it posted by a for-profit organization, a political action committee, a conservative or liberal "think tank"?
- Is the information free of advertising? is the advertising clearly advertising, or is it part of the content?
- Bias is not wrong, but a professional, credible, research website will be upfront about their position and let you know very clearly which side they are on.
- Who sponsors this web page? Extensions like: .edu -- for educational institutions, or .org -- non-profit organizations.
- This does not mean that the organizations are legitimate or unbiased. So you need to use this in conjunction with the rest of the criteria