Information about almost any subject is easy to find; however, not all information is good information. An essential part of academic research and writing is learning how to critically analyze and evaluate sources to eliminate old, incorrect, or irrelevant information.
For a great introduction geared specifically towards the evaluation of websites, check out this video produced by the librarians at the Community College of Vermont's Hartness Library!
Not all websites are created equal. Knowing the general purpose of the website can help you to determine the purpose and/or bias of the site.
.COM - commercial
.EDU - education
.GOV - government
.ORG - organizations
.NET - network
Using the following criteria to evaluate the sources you're considering will help you filter out less reliable sources and select quality sources.
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