Evaluating Internet Sources


How can you tell which Internet information is credible or not? One way is to examine the purpose of the information. Web sites for major corporations or government agencies will probably have excellent information. However, if that same company is trying to sell something on their Web site, their information should be evaluated more critically.

There are no hard and fast rules about which Internet information is valuable and which is not. The best rule is to check out the source of the information you wish to use in your research paper, then to check if the person or organization providing the information is a known expert and has no ulterior motives.

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