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?
What should you trust and not trust regarding research?
- Government websites
- Academic Journals
- 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
.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)