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Current Events & Controversial Issues: Websites

Resources for choosing a topic and research material for assignments on hot topics, controversial issues, and current events.

Evaluating Web Sites

Although the Internet is a good way to get a sense of what is out there, you will need to go further before investigate using its information in your papers. Critically evaluate each website and question the following:

Authority - Is the website based on reputable and reliable sources? Is there a bibliography?  Are there citations?  Is the author of the website an expert on this subject?  

Objectivity - Is the website free of bias?  Who is responsible for the website? Are you getting an educated version of this topic, or is it just opinion?

Currency - Has the page been updated recently enough so that it reflects the most current data? Is there a date to indicate that this page is regularly evaluated and maintained?

Coverage - Does the website have valid information on the topic?  Is it free of typos and errors?  Does the page have a professional look and free of advertising? Are there links to other worthwhile websites? 

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Websites