What makes a reliable high-quality website? Look for:
- a sponsoring organization with high standards ( examples: NPR, Greenpeace)
- a .gov or .edu web domain (CalEPA.gov, www.berkeley.edu)
- current dated information (last update or revision)
- references or links to high quality references
Because anyone can post anything on the Web and there is no quality control, it is important to evaluate any website you may use in your research. The following sites can help you evaluate the accuracy, reliability, and currency of information in general, and Internet sources in particular.
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask, from UC Berkeley.
Evaluating Sources, both print and Internet, from the Purdue OWL.