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SOC 3821: Sociology of Community : Web Sources

Fall 2017


Evaluating Web Sources

It can be difficult to know what is a quality source and what isn't. Here are a few things to look for when evaluating web resources:

  • Authority and accuracy: Who authored the information? What are their credentials?
  • Intended audience: Is the information directed to a particular group? (researchers, consumers, etc.)
  • Purpose of information: Is the information designed to educate? To market an idea or product?
  • Date created & updated: Is the web site well maintained and recently updated?
  • Contact information: Is it possible to contact the author or institution?