Get some practice at evaluating websites using the criteria in the left-side column. Which of these sites do you think would be useful for academic research?
When evaluating websites or any other information sources, use the following ABC Test to help evaluate the information you find:
uthority: The source of the information.
ias: The reason the information exists.
redibility: The reliability, correctness, and believability of the content.
Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia that contains articles about nearly any topic. It may be tempting to use it as a resource for an assignment, but keep in mind that most instructors WILL NOT accept wikipedia as an acceptable source.
Why? Wikipedia entries can be edited by anyone that has access to a computer and creates a wikipedia account. This often compromises the quality of information that may appear in Wikipedia entries. The last thing you want to do is to use false information in your assignments.
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