History's Mysteries
Credibility and Resource Evaluation
Your Name *
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What topic are you researching? *
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Site URL *
Copy and paste the URL of the website you are evaluating in the space below.
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Does this digital resource have an author? *
Does the author have credibility in the field he/she is providing information about? *
Is the author associated with an institution, organization, or company? *
If the author is associated with an institution, organization or company, does this add to or take away from his/her credibility? *
Explain how you think this association might add to or take away from this person's credibility.
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Is there any bias present in this resource? *
Reminder: Bias is "a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question; prejudice."
If you answered "yes" that there was a bias present, does that take away from his/her credibility?
Explain your answer.
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Is the information current? *
Is it important for the information to be current? Why or why not? *
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If there are links to other sources, do they work? *
Are there misspellings or grammatical errors? *
Note: If it is hard for you to identify these kinds of errors, copy a section of text and paste it onto a word document to see if any errors are present. You can use the spell-check and grammar-check tools on your word doc.
Does this resource have a works cited or list of references that are credible? *
Can you cross-reference the information you want to use to ensure it is accurate? *
Note: "Cross-referencing is usually employed to either verify claims made by an author or to link to another piece of work that is of related interest."
Overall Evaluation of the Site *
Review your answers to the questions above. Given what you have found out about this reference, do you think it is reliable? Explain
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