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Evaluation

Evaluation of Sources
•Content
•Relevant to topic
•Focused information
•College level

•Credibility
•University Press books
•Peer-Reviewed Journal articles
•Suggested readings at end of textbook chapters
•Scholarly web sites from domains .edu .gov .org


Timeliness

Should be recently published analysis unless a primary document or for historiographical research


     

    Web Sites

    Evaluation of Web Sites

    If  you have an article published in a peer-reviewed online journal, you’re good to go.  However… There are no content, nor publication standards on the web. Anyone can publish, and DOES!

     

    Remember questions of Content, Credibility, and Timeliness:

    Does the site link to other credible sources?
    Have cited references?
    Are the author’s credentials listed?
    Mission statement/”about us” link for the organization?
    Published by reputable organization’s web site?
    Biased? One point of view?
    Personal/monetary gain?
    Commercial ads?
    Poor spelling or grammar?
    Current? Check for updates or copyright date (usually at bottom of page)
       

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