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Evaluating Websites


A website is a group of webpages that often contain information that are made available by an individual, a company, or an organization. Be careful when using websites as sources of information!

Watch out for the TRAAP! 

Timeliness (the "newness" of the information; When was the information published?; © date)

Relevance (the importance of the information to you; Does the source help you answer your questions?; Is it too advanced? Or too basic?)

Authority (the source of the information; Who is the author? Are they an expert on the topic?)

Accuracy (the reliability and correctness of the information; Who published the information? .com, .gov, .edu, .net, .K12, . org, .mil)

Purpose (the reason the information was created; Was the information published to inform, entertain, persuade, sell? Is more than one perspective given?)


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