Reliable Sources

What Should You Know?

What to consider when analyzing sources?

Who is the author?

-Is the author listed?

-Are they well-known?

-What are their qualifications?


Date information was published

-Is the information current?

-When was the source last updated?


Is the source bias?

-Would information be skewed because of a sources background, objectives, or beliefs?


Is there marketing material or adds on the page?




General Truths

What should you trust and not trust regarding research?

Trust!


  • Government websites
  • Academic Journals


Don't Trust!

  • Media and/or news websites that may be bias.
  • Wikipedia or other collaborative non-academic web sites
  • Any page that is poorly organized, missing copyright information, or an author.

What Does it All Mean?

Identifying Websites by Their Ending

Good Resources
.edu - educational website (ucmo.edu)
.gov - government operated website (loc.gov)

Use with Caution
.com - commercial website/advertising (amazon.com)
.org - typically run by a non-profit organization (beltonschools.org)
.net - network (fanfiction.net)