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Module Three

PUT YOUR WEBSITE TO THE TEST

Before you use the information you find on the web, ask yourself these five questions:

1

WHO SPONSORED THE WEBSITE?
Look at the domain at the end of the web address for clues

2

WHO IS THE AUTHOR?
You may have to look for the "About Us" page of the website, if it isn't obvious.

3

WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
If it is not clear from the homepage, check the "About Us" page.

4

IS THE INFORMATION ACCURATE?

5

IS THE INFORMATION CURRENT?

The answers you get to these questions, will determine whether or not you should use it as a source for your research paper. For more tips on evaluating websites, take a look at this tutorial from the University of California, Berkeley Library, Evaluating Web Pages.

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