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Urban Dynamics (SOC 0861)

A Guide to Resources



Evaluating Websites: Checklist


Credibility Is there an author listed? _____
Does the author cite sources or a bibliography? _____
Does the author cite formal credentials or experience? _____
Can you contact the author? _____
Do you know who sponsored the page? Are they reputable? _____
Does the site present information in an objective manner? _____
Are all sides of an issue represented, or is this site biased? _____
Is the level of the website appropriate to your needs? _____
Does the content cover several topics minimally or one topic in detail? _____
Accuracy Does the site provide documentation for the information provided? _____
Does the site provide information that contradicts other sources? _____
Does the site include an explanation of its research methods? _____
Was the information recently published? _____
Has it been updated or revised? _____
Does the information add to or support your research? _____
Does the site provide additional links that are also useful? _____
Does the page provide more or less information than you need? _____


This checklist was developed at the University of North Carolina by Suchi Mohanty of the House Undergraduate Library, Lisa Norberg and Kim Vassiliadis, of University Library Instructional Services, and Shauna Griffin of the School of Information and Library Science.