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Read Websites Critically
Anyone can publish anything on the internet.
Use the Spider Method to ensure that your internet sources are appropriate for your research.
Who wrote the information? Is he qualified? If you can’t find an author, you shouldn’t trust the information until you verify it elsewhere.
Why does this website exist? Is it intended to sell a product or convince readers of something? Can you detect any bias?
Is the information current? Check for a publication date. If there isn’t one, you need to verify currency with another source.
Be aware of the host site. Is the domain .edu or .gov? These domains sometimes have more authoritative or reliable information.
Who is the intended audience? Is there adequate depth to the information? Are you sure it’s not a hoax site or satire?
Is the same information available on other websites? Triangulate with other sources to improve the chance of getting complete or accurate information.