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Strategies for Success (STRT 1000): Evaluating Web Sources

A research guide for STRT, designed to be delivered during a synchronous Zoom instruction session with a librarian

Lateral Reading

Ask Yourself...

Is this a trustworthy source or and accurate piece of information? How do I know?

Do I know the name of the organization or author behind this website or piece of information?

Have I conducted a search for more information about the organization or author publishing this website or piece of information?

Have I verified the background of the organization or author with outside sources?

If yes, what did these sources tell me? Do I know who funds the organization behind this site or information, who provides its funding, or what their mission is?

What sources did I use for verification? (Did I record the names of additional sites visited and the information I got from them?)

If I have found information on a particular person or organization on Wikipedia or a snippet in a Google search, have I opened other respected sources to verify the information?

Evaluating Web Sources

Visit these three websites and assess their credibility. 

1. Employment Policies Institute

Would you use the Employment Policies Institute in your college research paper?
Yes: 6 votes (35.29%)
No: 9 votes (52.94%)
Maybe: 2 votes (11.76%)
Total Votes: 17
Would you use Food Babe as a source?
Yes: 2 votes (11.11%)
No: 15 votes (83.33%)
Maybe: 1 votes (5.56%)
Total Votes: 18
Would you use this Nature article?
Yes: 8 votes (61.54%)
No: 2 votes (15.38%)
Maybe: 3 votes (23.08%)
Total Votes: 13