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Analyse

The information here will help you to:

  • think critically about the quality of the information you find
  • understand there are techniques and strategies to apply to evaluate information
  • avoid BIAS (inaccurate or misleading information)  

Remember good researchers use multiple resources of different types. Use books, Encyclopedia Britannica, websites, videos and interviews!

 

 

Who?

What?

When?

Use these three questions as a starting point to evaluate websites.

Who?     
     (this information is often at the bottom of the website) 

  • created this website? 
  • can the author be trusted?
  • is the author an expert in the field?
  • are there spelling / grammatical errors?
  • can you contact the author?

What?

  • does it contain useful information?
  • does it help to answer your questions?
  • would you bookmark it for future use?
  • is it easy to read and understand?
  • is it easy to find your way around?

When?

  • when was the site created?
  • how recently was the site updated?
  • do the links work?

Understanding URL endings.

The website suffix helps us understand the type of website:

Suffix Description
.gov a government site
.edu an educational institution
.org an organisation
.com / .net a commercial site
.sg a site from Singapore
.biz a business
.info a site with general information
.ac an academic site which ususally has the country with it - .ac.uk

 


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