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Evaluate Websites

The web is a great place to find information, but remember to be critical of all the information you find online.

Anyone can create or update a website, and you need a keen eye to determine what’s reliable information.

For tips on how to evaluate a website, refer to the following guides:

Credible Sources Count! – Acadia University Library

Evaluating Web Resources – Dalhousie University Libraries

Five Criteria for Evaluating Webpages – Cornell University Libraries

Wikipedia

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This free encyclopedia is usually everyone’s first stop when researching, but use it with caution.

Keep these three tips in mind when searching Wikipedia:

  1. Use Wikipedia as a source  for links on your topic.
  2. Verify facts you’ve read on Wikipedia in another source.
  3.  Never quote Wikipedia in an assignment.