10 Guidelines for Determining Internet Credibility

10 Guidelines for Determining Internet Credibility
Claudia Contreras
March 08, 2010
Averill Williams
Second guideline would be the URL of the site itself. Researchers should be aware that websites ending with .com and .net are generally not as credible as .org, .gov, and .edu. There are some student sites that end in .edu researchers should be aware of it. In addition, there are websites that are published by individuals. They usually have (~) in the URL. Individual publishers can have their own agendas. These sites may not have the most credible information.
Sixth guideline is to determine the content of the article. If the site was composed of opinions or facts? Decide if the article is describing facts or the author's opinions_. _Look for statements that begin with "I" or that have the words "me or my" such as "I think" or "From my experience". They aren't as reliable as those that quote experts "Experts recommend" or talk about research "Research proves". Sometimes the authors can be biased, they may be trying to sell a product, or make a political issue. The author needs to be objective and provide information from different points of view.
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