Is the information on this site appropriate
for use in a school assignment?
Before using any information from a
website in an assignment, make sure
that your instructor allows the use of
websites as resources.
Are the site and the information on it credible?
able to be believed or trusted
(Cambridge Dictionaries Online)
Anyone can create a website
so it is important to be able to
assess the quality of
information on the site.
the date it
Who is the
author of the
Who has created
Is there contact
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an internationally
recognized and respected governmental organization. It is a good
bet that the information on this website is reliable.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What academic degrees
does the author have?
Where does he or she
What institutions is he or
she affiliated with?
This publication was originally reviewed by David G. Marrero, Ph.D.,
Indiana University School of Medicine, Diabetes Research and
Training Center, and Michael L. Parchman, M.D., M.P.H., associate
professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University
of Texas Health Science Center.
Why has the information on
a website been provided?
What is the intent of the
creator(s) of the site and the
author(s) of the
What is the site’s purpose?
such as non-
Different types of websites
have different purposes.
.com sites (commercial sites) encourage
you to use their products and services or
try to sell you something
offers a variety of
consoles, and other
.org sites are
developed by a
For your assignments, .edu
(educational) and .gov
(government) websites often are
the best sources of information
since they usually focus on research
and academic work.
Currency refers to the timeliness or recency of
When was the information created?
Has the information been updated?
On this site, created
by the American Lyme
you can see that the
information was last
updated on July 13,
Has the page been
Do links still work?
In certain subject areas
such as science,
technology, and law, the
currency of information
is more important than in
factual or is
Look for words that indicate whether
an article is fact or opinion.
it is up to you to determine the
purpose of the site and to decide
whether the information is
appropriate to use in your
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