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How to Evaluate Sources

How to Evaluate a Web Site

A few years ago, most instructors advised their students to be wary of information found on the Web. In the early days of the Web, there was relatively little information available that would help students with their research projects. Today, major newspapers, magazines, and professional journals are publishing on the Web, as are a growing number of state and government agencies. In addition, a growing number of libraries and museums are providing online access to their collections. Once you've located information on the Web, it's important that you know how to evaluate it.

In the following demonstration, we'll focus on how to evaluate a Web site to determine its usefulness in your research process. We'll follow the progress of Aaron Batty, who created a Web site about relations between China and Taiwan, as he evaluated a Web site to decide whether or not to use it as a source in his research writing project.

During his research, Aaron found the Web site To follow Aaron's progress as he evaluated this site for inclusion into his project document, and to learn how to evaluate a Web site in your own research, follow the links below:

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