This guide is designed to provide you with some basic tools and skills to help you determine whether or not a web resource is credible, whether it presents accurate and well-researched information, and more.
Remember: creating a website is cheap and easy. The burden is on you, the reader, to determine the authenticity and integrity of a website.
First, think about what type of information you need. Do you need information for a class assignment? Is it for personal use? How much do you know about this topic already? Your information need will determine the type of information that will be most useful to you; some websites that provide factual content still may not provide the best information for you in the moment.
|Information Need||Information Type|
Dictionaries / Encyclopedias (print or digital)
Books (print or ebooks)
News sites, newspapers (print or digital)
|Data / Statistics||
Non-Profit Organization Websites
|Research / Analysis||
Scholarly Articles (print or online databases)
Scholarly Books (print or ebooks)