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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, Georgia Gwinnett College, and the Georgia Perimeter College RSCH 1203 textbook.


The body of human knowledge is always growing and changing. It's especially important to be sure that your information is up-to-date for subjects like the sciences and current events.

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

 There is no publication date or copyright date.

 The source is more than 5 years old and has no historical value.

 The source is 3 to 5 years old or has some historical value.

 The source is less than 3 years old and is a current source of its type on the topic, or it is a primary source.

Many links on the page are broken (i.e. they link to pages that are no longer online).


Sample Websites

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