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How do I evaluate a website?

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Before you rely upon the information found on a website, you should evaluate the legitimacy of the information according to these broad areas.

  • Currency:  When was the information last updated? Is the site maintained? Are the links updated and working?
  • Relevancy:  How pertinent is the information to your topic or research?
  • Authority and accuracy of the information:  Who is the author or sponsoring agency of the site? What are the author's credentials? How credible is this information?
  • Purpose:  Who's the intended audience of the site, and what is the nature of the content?

For additional guidelines on evaluating websites, please view this presentation or download this handy checklist.

If you have additional questions, stop by or contact the Library Services Desk on the Main Level of the Bertrand Library (570.577.1462, library@bucknell.edu).

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