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SWRK 220: Writing for Social Work Practice: Evaluate Resources

Quick Reference Guide to Evaluation Sources

Be a Critical Consumer of Information

Triangulate information before you assume it is true.
"Don't refuse to believe; refuse to start out believing." p.88
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 Snopes.

Sample Evaluations

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 rubric above.

  • Search for sites that link to those sites.
  • See who owns the site.