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Evaluate Websites and Online Resources

There is an endless supply of information to be found online, but determining what information is accurate and credible is sometimes difficult. This guide is to assist you in ensuring you are web sources are giving your accurate information.


Using Wikipedia

  • First - Ask your instructor if you can use Wikipedia as a source in an assignment and make sure to cite it if you do.
  • Even Wikipedia’s own section on academic research states it’s the place to get started and get a general understanding of your topic. Topics will need more details and that’s where books, ebooks, and peer review articles at the library can help.
  • The bottom of the Wikipedia entry contains the sources used to write the article. It gives a good idea about the quality of the information in the article itself and ideas for other sources to search at the library. It's always better to use this reference list to find more reliable information than to use the wiki article itself. 
  • The Wikipedia Library has a section on Finding Your Source put together by colleges, universities, and libraries to make sure it helps your research and helps determine quality, and authoritative, sources.
  • More about using Wikipedia from Scribbr.

Blogs & Podcasts

Blogs aren't your typical webpages and have special consideration when considering them as credible sources. Here are some links to more about using (or not using) blogs in your research.

Online resources

Here is a list of some really great online articles and more information on what to consider when evaluating web sites and web pages. 

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