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Evaluating Sources: Who is responsible?

Find out who is providing the content and why. Get information from different sources. Be skeptical.


Is there information about who pays for the content of the web pages to be posted and why?
*  What is the bias or purpose or "reason for existence" of that web page posting?

"Who is" behind that URL?

Look for "About Us" and "Contacts Us"

About Us and Contact Us are essential parts of a good website. These elements may be located at the top of the page,  or at the bottom in the signature area.

AVOID web pages with no contact information, or that have not been updated recently.

Is Anybody Home?

Who takes responsibility for accuracy of information presented? Is there contact information in the signature or a “Contact Us” section somewhere on the page? 

Bad example:
If you can not find any contact information, or if the contact information is outdated or leads to a dead link, the website may be abandoned.

Good example: (See our signature)

YouTube: The Importance of Investigating the Author

Source: UTSALibraries

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