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Use the ABC test to help you determine the credibility of a website.
The source of the information
Who is the author, publisher, source, or sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic? MOST IMPORTANT: Lateral Reading
What do other scholars, professionals, instructors, etc. have to say about the author of the website?
Search the web to see what other reputable websites have to say about the person, company, organization, etc.
This is called lateral searching and it is the best way to determine the credibility of a website.
The purpose and point of view of the information
What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, to teach, to sell, to entertain?
Do the authors or sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
The timeliness of the information
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work?
Are the links functional?