A few key indicators can help determine whether the websites you are reading are credible. With the Internet often replacing libraries and encyclopedias as the main source of information, it is important to ensure that the facts you are gathering are credible. Be aware that even sources that seem credible may be communicating false information. The news media, schools and government agencies can intentionally or mistakenly add the wrong information to their websites.
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Check the domain of the URL. "Gov" indicates that the source is a government website. "Edu" stands for education and indicates that it is from a school. A simple "com," stands for company; "org" is organisation; and "net" means network. This part of the URL is the least credible because it can be used by anyone.
Determine the author of the material. If it is a doctor who is giving advice on how to hit a home run in baseball, that's not credible. However, if the doctor is giving advice about health, that's credible. Be aware, though, that anyone can claim to be an expert in any given field.
Double-check the information you have watched or read. You can often find other websites that will either support or reject claims made. Remember, even if a person is an expert in the field, his or her statement could be wrong.
Check the authenticity of a group that controls a website by entering its name in a search engine. If there is a lot of information about the group, it's likely to be credible.
Check the quality of writing. If there are a lot of spelling and grammatical errors, chances are the individual hasn't given a lot of thought to the information being publishing. Read the site carefully to see if the information has been tested or backed up with references.
Check for a date on the material. Websites can be on the Internet for many years without updating their information, which may have changed since the material was published.
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