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Evaluating Web Pages

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Evaluating Webpages

With the abundance of false information on the web, it is important to ensure the information you are gathering is accurate and reliable. But how do you do this? This guide will help you evaluate web resources through analyzing the web domain and the material within. 

 

 

Something to consider

If you are only using public search engines, such as Google, you are missing out on important scholarly resources. You may find some relevant information, but you will need to take extra care when evaluating the resources. As a Widener student, you have access to many valuable databases, electronic journals, and eBooks that are not available to the general public. Consider the following so you don't miss out on valuable information:

Public Web Pages (Free) Widener Subscription Webpages
Anyone can publish any and all content Information is vetted, peer-reviewed

Information may be reliable, proceed with caution

Examples:

  • Websites of scholarly professional societies are likely to be reliable                                                                         
  • Blogs containing personal opinions may not be reliable or accurate
  • Advocacy websites may be biased and therefore not reliable
  • Commercial websites trying to sell a product or service may not be reliable

Information is reliable

Examples:

  • Online versions of scholarly publications or newspapers are reliable (when using newspaper articles, watch for opinion pieces).
  • Databases Widener subscribes to are all vetted, scholarly resources