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CMAT 100 Kjeldsen: Evaluate Website Sources

URL endings: Credibility at-a-glance

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

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable (also ".ci." and ".md.us." for city and state websites)

.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. Approach with skepticism.

Evaluating Websites

Video credit: California State University at Fullerton.

Website Evaluation List

URL endings are helpful, but you must go beyond evaluating URLs. I recommend using the website evaluation criteria sheet (attached) to help you settle on using the best sources.

Broader topic: Social media dating sites/apps encourage infidelity and crappy relationships.

Narrower topic: Did you know that Tinder accounts are publicly viewable? I wonder how many people on Tinder are married?

Is the Vanity Fair article usable for a college-level research project?

Evaluation challenge: As a group, run the article through the Evaluation Criteria making a few notes.

Elect a scribe to write your group's findings in the sheet.

Each group will present their findings about the article.