Answered By: Stephanie Race
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018     Views: 67

 

You can start by finding the domain suffix (.com, .edu, .gov, etc.).  Anything that ends .edu (unf.edu) is part of an educational institution and could be scholarly in nature.  Sites with .gov are federal government (irs.gov) 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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