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ENGL 101-Civil Disobedience-Weil: Use Credible Websites

This guide will help you with your Case Summary assignment

Evaluating Websites

Some questions to ask yourself when evaluating a website:

  • Who is the author? If you can’t determine who the author or the sponsor is, pass on it.
  • Is it biased? Websites that deal with political or social issues are often one-sided and have a bias. The bias does not mean that it’s bad; however, it’s up to you to see if the point of view is effectively argued and has research to back it up. It’s also up to you to find the opposing view for balance.
  • Is it accurate? Again, look at the claims that are being made and see if there is research to back them up. Be wary of websites that make claims that seem to contradict everything else that you have found.
  • When was it published? If you’re researching a current topic but the website hasn’t been updated in several years, or no date is given, pass on it.

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Evaluating Websites

Use Credible Websites

As a general rule, websites ending in .gov, .org, .edu will likely provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Websites that end in .gov are affiliated with a government agency (federal, state, municipal). Those that end in .org are sponsored by an organization or association, and those sites that end in .edu are from an educational institution.

In order to restrict your Google search to government sites, for example, add site:gov after your search terms. (Example: "civil disobedience" site:gov)

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