C.A.R.S. Method for Evaluating Internet Validity

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C.A.R.S. Method for Evaluating Internet Validity

  1. 1. The C.A.R.S. MethodEvaluating Website Credibility
  2. 2. C: CredibilityGoal:A source that is created by a person ororganization who knows the subject andwho cares about its quality
  3. 3. C: CredibilityQuestions to Ask Yourself Is there a publishing or sponsoring organization? Isthe organization an authority on the subject? Is the author listed? Is the author an authority on thesubject? How do you know? Are there spelling errors, grammar errors, dead links,or other problems that indicate a lack of qualitycontrol?
  4. 4. A: AccuracyGoal A source with information that is current, complete,and correct
  5. 5. A: AccuracyQuestions to Ask Yourself? Does the information on the site agree withother sources? Does the site contradict itself? What is the date of publication or copyright? Has the site been updated? How recently?
  6. 6. R: ReasonablenessGoalA source that is truthful and unbiased
  7. 7. R: ReasonablenessQuestions to Ask Yourself Does the author, host, publisher, or sponsorhave a bias? What is the motivation or purpose for creatingthe site? 
(To sell a product? To advance aviewpoint or belief? To educate?)
  8. 8. S: SupportGoalA source with verifiable sources of information
  9. 9. S: SupportQuestions to ask yourself: Are the sources listed? Can they be checked? Is there a way to contact the author ororganization?

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