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ENGL 836 Schuler: Finding credible information about the Dominican Republic
Have you P.R.O.V.E.N. that your source is a good one?
How do you judge whether a website is credible? Some of hallmarks of a credible website are:
Purpose: How and why was the source created?
Why does this information exist? To educate, inform, persuade, sell or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it?
Who is the intended audience? The general public, students, experts?
Relevance: The value of the source to your needs.
Is the type of source appropriate for how you plan to use it and for your assignment's requirements?
How useful it the information in this source, compared to other sources?
How detailed is the information? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information
Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally?
Do they use strong, emotional, manipulative or offensive language?
Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information
Do the authors support their information with factual evidence?
Expertise: The authority of the authors and the source
What makes the authors, publishers or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic?
Newness: The age of the information
Is your topic in an area that requires current information, such as science, technology or current events? Or could information found in older sources still be useful and valid?
Domain names contain clues to author and audience
To determine who theauthor of the website is, look at the bottom of the page for an institution, organization or individual's name. The domain name - the last three letters of the website's url - will tell you what type of organization runs and maintains the website.
.edu indicates a university or college
.org indicates a nonprofit organization
.gov means a government entity created the website.
.com, short for commercial, indicates a business website