Answered By: Stephanie Weiss
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014     Views: 53

Well, there aren't rules per se but there are some things to look for to help you decide if the information is credible and reliable. 

You can start with the domain suffix (.com, .edu, .gov, etc.).  Anything that ends .edu ( is part of an educational institution and could be deemed to contain material produced in support of the school or maybe scholarly work depending on the subject.  Sites with .gov are federal government ( so they would contain official information from the division visited.

If the domain suffix doesn't provide enough information, try to find out as much as you can about the source material. Who's responsible for the content? How often is it updated?  Does the person or entity responsible have any biases? Can you find anything indicating that they are an authority on the subject?

Check out the page on evaluating internet sources on the Distance Learners guide.  The link is below.

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