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Evaluating Web Content
Evaluating Online Information
See how much you know about website evaluation with this quick and interesting interactive tutorial.
You can't believe everything you read - separate fact from urban fiction (and verify those forwards you get before you pass them along).
What To Look For
Use caution when using the Internet for research. Websites are often a blend of information, entertainment and advertising. Anyone can publish on the world wide web! Will you be able to distinguish between John Hopkins the 7th grader and Johns Hopkins University???
Remember, the GTC Library Databases are available 24/7 with articles that have been peer and scholarly reviewed.
Always evaluate a website for:
For more on the CRAPP test, see the CRAP test Guide
Analyzing Books and Articles
Tips on deciding the usefulness of a book or article for your research paper, from Cornell University.
The domain name gives some indication of the source and intended audience of a web address.
- .com - generally a commercial site
- .edu - educational institutions
- .gov - U.S. government
- .org - organizations (some non-profit)
- .int - international organizations
- .mil - U.S. military organizations
- .net - catch-all for sites not using .com, open to anyone (some administrative sites)
- .biz - usually intended for businesses
- .info - another catch-all, open to anyone
IANA Root Zone Database maintains details about top level domain names