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  1. 1. Reliable Sources<br />Good or Bad<br />
  2. 2. Authorship<br />Who wrote the website?<br />Copyright information<br />Reputable organization<br />Author’s affiliations and/or biographical information.<br />Are these credentials verifiable?<br /> Is the author an authority on the subject? <br />Is contact information included?<br />
  3. 3. Agenda<br />Consider who is sponsoring the Web page to determine potential biases.<br /> Is it a commercial site (.com)?<br /> Are there potential conflicts of interest?<br />
  4. 4. Jinkies! a Clue! ~[til-duh]<br />Beware the tilde (~)! Use of this symbol in a Web address usually indicates an individual not an organization<br />An individual may not be bound by the same rigorous standards that reputable organizations. <br />Be careful of pages from online community sites & sites posted through Internet service providers.<br />
  5. 5. Sponsorship<br />Consider the purpose of the page and its target audience. <br />Banner advertising, reading level and the use of animation may be an indication.<br />Tone & Emotion<br />
  6. 6. Expiration???<br />Dates on Web pages do not necessarily indicate that the information provided is up to date. <br />Compare the information found online with other sources.<br />
  7. 7. Fact Check<br />Does the Web page document sources for its “facts?” <br />Academic Web pages often include bibliographies. <br />Don’t skip over these assuming that the information provided must be credible if sources are cited.<br />
  8. 8. Something is not right!<br />Go with your instincts.<br />If you suspect a Web page may not be legitimate, it probably isn’t.<br />