How to Evaluate Sources

A 2003 report by the National Education Association referenced a study which found that only 27% of the websites used by middle and high school students were reliable. How can you tell if the source YOU want to use is credible? Use the following sites to help you decide. Remember that most of the same principles apply, regardless of whether your source is a website or a book.

A. UC Berkeley Library 

Techniques to help you quickly evaluate web pages and links to other useful sites on evaluation

B. Evaluate Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library
of  Medicine

A 16 minute video tutorial explains how to evaluate the health information that you find on the Web

C. Purdue Owl: Evaluating Sources

Provides information on evaluating bibliographic citations, aspects of evaluation, reading evaluation, print vs. Internet sources, and evaluating Internet sources

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