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General Psychology - Prof. Wallen: Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Websites Video

  Evaluation, or Should I Use This Website?

Remember, anyone can create a website and write anything they choose in it.

Evaluating the site and deciding whether to believe and use it is YOUR job!

Some Questions to Ask Yourself

Ø  WHO?  Who is the person or organization who created the site? Are they experts? Why should you believe them? What information do they provide about themselves? Check for an “About Us” page.   

Ø  WHY? What is the purpose of the site? Is it trying to sell you something? Does it have a lot of advertising? Is it trying to sway your opinion? Does the site seem biased? Is its main purpose to provide information?

Ø  WHAT? Does the site contain useful information? Is the information at an appropriate level for college work? Does the information generally agree with other sources you’ve seen? Does the information make sense?

Ø  WHEN? Is there a date to show when the site was created? Does it get updated frequently? Does it have current information?

Ø  HOW? Does the site work well? Does it have links that don’t work? Does it have obvious errors?

Subject Guide

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Beth Seelick
This research guide was created by Professor Beth Seelick (1955-2019).
"A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops." ― Henry B. Adams