Q. How do you know if a website is reliable or not?

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To decide if a website is reliable, ask yourself questions like the ones below:

Who?
Is the writer an authority on the topic?
   
What?
Is the information relevant to your search?
   
Where? 
Where was the information published?  What domain?
   
When? Is the information current?
   
Why?
What is the purpose of the information?

 

Woman Scientist EXPERTISE

 
 Is the author identified?

 
 What are the author's qualifications?
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VIEWPOINT

 
 Is the page free of advertisements?

 
 Is the information free of unreasonable bias?

 
 Is the information presented without motives or an agenda?
Bullseye on Dartboard  ACCURACY

 
 Can you confirm the information in other sources?

 
 Does the author include a reference list or bibliography?
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LENGTH

 
 Is the article long enough?

 
 Is the article mostly text, or are there a lot of images?

 

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  • Last Updated May 08, 2018
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