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CMAT 100 Mason: Evaluating Web Information

Endings can indicate reliability

Sometimes, you can judge how reliable website information is by noting the URL ending.

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable.

.EDU - often refers to a reliable educational website.

.ORG - implies a non-profit ORGanization. Approach with skepticism.

.COM - stands for "Commerce" and is used for business. Information on such a website will contain a large amount of bias. Approach with skepticism.

Evaluating Websites

Video credit: California State University at Fullerton.

The final question to ask yourself about your non-library internet source:

After considering URL and evaluation criteria mentioned in the Cal State video, ask yourself:

Is this source worthy enough to include in a college-level research project?