How do I use these?
Deciding if a website is credible or not can be as simple as looking at one of these five categories. Sometimes it is more complex. Each of the tabs above define one way to determine website credibility, example of what to look for, and a short video explaining showing an example of that category being used to evaluate a website for credibility and scholarly content.
What is the website's domain?
The last three letters of a URL/website address can tell you alot about a website.
.edu - These sites belong to an educational institution. This information is more likely to be objective.
.gov/.mil - These sites are created by government entities. Information is likely to be credible, but the government is often not objective.
.org - These sites are often held by companies with non-for-profit status- but not always. Treat the information the same as a .com address.
.com/.net - These are sites created by groups that may be seeking to earn money for profit.. You need to be wary of material on these sites, as it is often there to pursue financial gain.
What if you are still confused?
If you still are unsure if a website is credible or may be used for your papers and assignments, try the following experts:
- your faculty (and since they are grading you, you might want to make sure they'll accept the resource)
- your librarians
- the ASC
Assessing the Credibility of Websites
When reading information on the internet, it is important to be a critical thinker.
You need to consider the author, the information, and the site to ascertain if the information expressed on the website is credible.
Please review each of the above tabs to learn how to develop this crucial skill.
There are five general ways to establish website credibility:
Professionals take the time to ensure that they write clearly and well.
If you are reviewing information on a website and it has many typos, poor grammar and/or punctuation, it is doubtful that the site is written by an expert or an organization with expertise.