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How to do library research: Evaluating Web Sources

Evaluating Websites

Video credit: California State University at Fullerton.

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. Approach with skepticism.

Website Evaluation List

Go beyond evaluating the webiste URL ending by using this checklist of criteria.