Reliable site: an authoritative, balanced, and accurate
source whose claims can be verified.
to verify: to determine the accuracy of a statement,
fact, or statistic
Student’s claim: According to Ebreastaug.com, Americans spent
$12 billion on cosmetic surgery (ebreastaub.com).
Revised claim: “In 2005, Americans spent approximately $8 billion
on surgeons’ fees for cosmetic medical treatments (ASAPS,
Cited source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Cosmetic
Surgery National Data Bank—2005 Statistics. New York, NY: ASAPS, 2006.
Student discovered statistical source in the following article:
Sarwer, D. “Physical Appearance & Cosmetic Medical
Treatments: Socio-Cultural Influences.” Journal of Cosmetic
2 (2006): 29-39.
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• What type of website is it?
• Who is behind the website?
• Is the information supported with verifiable evidence?
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