Crediblity and Reliablity (Author (Does the website have .gov or .edu…
Crediblity and Reliablity
Does the website have .gov or .edu domain? These are the most credible web domains. Websites with domains like .com can have good information, but are often less credible.
The author should have his or her name listed on the site. Look at the top of the body text, on the bottom of the page, or in the About Us tab of a website. Does the author have contact information on the website where you could contact him/her for more information?
Try to find sources with an author that is an expert on the topic. This information can be found in the About Us tab on most sites or found of the author's name is linked. When you see a tilde on a site like a unversity, it may not be as credible as the university itself, because it is simply hosted on the unversity's webstite and may not be writtin by a credible author.
The author should tell you where they got their information so that you know the information wasen't just made. You can also go to these sources to get more information if they are reliable.
Do other websites, books, and sources have similar information that you can use to confirm the information on your website is correct?
Is the author of the website to be trusted. If the author is a trusted website, organization, or expert on the topic, the more likey the information is to be true.
If the purpose of a website is to try and convince you to see a viewpoint, or the site is trying to sell something to you, especially if it has a .com domain, it might have a bias.
I should look to find a mission statement or an about us tab to decipher why the site was made.
I need to understand if the site is trying to make money. If they have a catolog or an advertising logo, it might be that they are trying to sell you a product.
When was the site made?
If I need to find statistics or numerical information about current topics, I should find a site that has been updated with information recently so that my facts aren't out of date.
Sometimes it doesn't really matter if the site is updated recently or not. For example, if I need to find stats about a really old subject than it might not matter if the site has been updated recently.
A few ways to find when a site was made is to look at the bottom of the page to find out the date the site was published. Also, look for the word "updated" to find out when the author updated the site.