• When evaluating web sites, remember A COW!!!

    • Does this information on this page match other information I found in my research?
    • Does the information seem reasonable? Does it seem odd?
    • Are spelling and grammar accurate?


    • When was this page last updated?
    • Do the links work?


    • What is the author's purpose? (Is it to entertain? To sell? To persuade? To educate?)
    • Is the author trying to sell me something or change my opinion?


    • Who created the web site?
    • Is the author an expert on his or her topic?
    • Is the author part of a well known university or organization?
    • Is there a way to contact the author?
    • Is there an "About Us" page on the site?
    •    Look at the URL. Anyone can buy a .net or a .com.  Universities will be .edu. Government sites will be .gov. If there is a ~ in the URL, it usually is a personal page, even if it is in a .edu or a .gov site.

    • k12 in the URL is a sign that it could be student work. (Their sources might be worthwhile.)
    • Avoid thinkquest.org. The sites here are student projects. (Their sources might be useful.)


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