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Evaluating Websites & Internet Sources: Information Timeline

Use this guide to help find the best web sites and learn how to find out which sites might not be for you.

What is the Information TImeline?

As new information is observed, recorded, created and produced, the information develops or changes over time. 

This is known as the information cycle. 

Having an understanding of the information cycle can help to verify the quality and context of the information you are using.

Information Cycle Timeline Graphic

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When encountering a source, ask questions like:
  • How long did it take to create the information?
  • How many experts have examined, evaluated, tested, or otherwise verified the accuracy this information?
  • What kind and how many sources does the information appear in, and what does that say about it?


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