When evaluating a website for reliability, consider its URL Address ending:
.com - Company selling something
.org - Nonprofit, but has an agenda
.gov - Government site
.edu - Educational institution
.net - Personal site
A company will most likely give a rosy view of what it is claiming according to its agenda. A nonprofit organization is not selling something, but will most likely give an opinion that is coherent with its own agenda. Government and educational sites tend to be objective and cite claims. Personal sites require no authoritative background to post information.
Other criteria for evaluating sites are mispellings, poor grammar, no citations, incorrect citation format.
Keep in mind that when surfing the web, no credentials are required to post information, only software and access to server space are needed.
|Most databases offer an option to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. While this option can be helpful, be aware that the databases can sometimes be inconsistent (and questionable) in what they identify as scholarly or peer-reviewed. Ultimately, you will want to make the determination of whether or not an article is appropriate for your needs using some of the strategies listed below or in consultation with your professor.|
Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles usually have the following features:
Is it peer-reviewed?