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Evaluation Rubric for Resources
Examine each of these website groupings about similar topics. Which are credible and which are less than credible.
How do you know? Use the information in the infographic to the left.
Search for sites that link to those sites.
See who owns the site.
Wikipedia has become more selective in its editing process since it began in January of 2001. However, Wikipedia articles are not citable sources for most academic papers.
Wikipedia article may be used as a source for gaining background information or finding other reputable sources.
Examples of both a poor and good article are provided below.
Reference sources like Credo Reference which contain reference material may be a better choice.
Try looking for "traumatic brain injury" in
Credo Reference and see what kind of sources the articles you retrieve are from.
Be a Critical Consumer of Information
Triangulate information before you assume it is true.
"Don't refuse to believe; refuse to start out believing."
Rheingold, H. (2012). Net smart: How to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
If there is no author listed on a website, try
Alexa or Whois, to identify the owner of the website.
To identify rumors and disinformation on the web, use
Discover who owns a website and the approximate amount of traffic it receives.
Another tool for finding out who owns a website. This is especially useful when there is no author listed on a website.
Snopes.com, started in 1995 to debunk rumors and disinformation on the web, continues to do so.