The C.A.R.S. MethodEvaluating Website Credibility
C: CredibilityGoal:A source that is created by a person ororganization who knows the subject andwho cares about its quality
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?
A: AccuracyGoal A source with information that is current, complete,and correct
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?
R: ReasonablenessGoalA source that is truthful and unbiased
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?)
S: SupportGoalA source with verifiable sources of information
S: SupportQuestions to ask yourself: Are the sources listed? Can they be checked? Is there a way to contact the author ororganization?