Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015
Three of the following websites are hoaxes. Which do you think is legitimate?
The CRAAP Test guidelines can help you evaluate all kinds of information. Use it to determine if a source is appropriate and credible.
Learning how to evaluate what you read, view, and hear is an essential skillset for both your academic and personal life.
- How To Verify Social Media Content
General guidelines that can apply to most social media. The linked Google Doc contains additional tips. There are no foolproof methods to verify social media sources. Fake identities and other factors make this impossible.
- Website Evaluator
Paste the website address into the box. Answers to the pop-up questions create a final decision. From EasyBib Research.
Find out who owns a website domain (current and historical); or conduct a Reverse Whois Lookup to find all the domains ever owned by any specific company or individual. Can be helpful to identify the origin of a website.
Find website analytics---how popular it is, who views it, who links to it.
If you need to research a topic from differing political and social perspectives, then you'll need to know how to recognize the bias in magazines, newspapers, and websites/blogs.
These are general guidelines. Completely unbiased publications and websites do not exist; but you knew that, right?