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Sociology 101: Soc101: Websites and Internet Searching

Resources for Sociology 101

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Evaluating Internet Resources

Use this checklist when you need help evaluating Internet Resources

CURRENCY
  • Has the source been recently updated? 
  • Are the dates relevant to your needs?
RELIABILITY
  • Does the creator provide a balanced perspective or an opinion?
  • Is the information backed up by evidence, data, or are references provided?
AUTHORITY
  • Is the creator or organization an expert?
  • What are their credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
POINT OF VIEW/ PURPOSE
  • Is there an obvious bias?
  • What is the tone or intent of the source?
  • Are you being sold something?

 

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