How do you know that the information you found online is valid ?
<ul><li>Is there a clear author identified? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is the author? Is the author qualified? That is are they a professor, academic scholar, business professional or someone else who has the credentials necessary to write the information? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Who is sponsoring or paying for the website? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a reputable business? Or an individual selling something? Or a non-profit organization? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a link for more information about either the sponsor or the author? </li></ul>
<ul><li>If there is no information about a sponsor or author then the domain name can give you some ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a .gov or a .org? If so it is probably more valid and authoritative than a .com? As a .com indicates that something is being sold or promoted for commercial gain and profit. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The following websites may or may not be valid and accurate. Visit each one and decide if you think they are accurate or not. </li></ul>
<ul><li>If in doubt about a site’s validity, find another site or go to a journal or database for information </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that as a general rule a .com is trying to sell something and so their information may not be as valid as what you find on a .org or a .gov but this is not always the case. </li></ul><ul><li>Use common sense when evaluating web pages and the information on them. Just because it is written online does not mean it is true or valid. </li></ul>
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