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Website Evaluation

Use this guide to learn how to evaluate information you find on the internet. Adapted from the McHenry County College Library http://goo.gl/gL5ud, Georgia Gwinnett College http://goo.gl/YtYuq, and the Georgia Perimeter College RSCH 1203 textbook.

Substance

To avoid spending time on sources that lack the depth you need for your research, ask yourself these questions:

Which of the following statements is true about the website you are evaluating?

 Does the information lack depth or is it written for children?

Does the information cover the topic thoroughly and completely?

 Is the information written for the general public?

 Is the information written with the depth of coverage needed for a college or professional level?

Sample Websites

Would you use either of these websites as references in scholarly papers?