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Middle East Studies: Subject Guide: Web Resources

Search tips and research resources for topics in Middle East studies.

evaluating web sites

For doing academic work, students must be sure that Web sites from which they are getting information is reliable. Consider these questions when evaluating information on the Web:

Who is the author of the page/site?

What are the credentials of the author (what qualifies him or her to write on the topic)?

Who sponsors the site?

What is the purpose of the site - To inform? To entertain?, To sell you something? To argue for a certain point of view?

Who is the intended audience?

Are the sources cited? Where did the author(s) get the information?

Can the information on the page be verified with other sources?

How current is the information?

azadi tower (tehran, iran)