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Tracing Websites

  • DomainTools
    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 where or who a website comes from.
  • Alexa
    Find website analytics---how popular it is, who views it, who links to it.

Which Website is Legitimate?

Three of the following websites are hoaxes. Which do you think is legitimate?


C.R.A.A.P. Test -- Assessment Tool

The CRAAP Test guidelines can help you evaluate all kinds of information. Use it to determine if a source is appropriate and credible.

Currency Relevance Authority Accuracy Purpose

Evaluating Sources

Learning how to evaluate what you read, view, and hear is an essential skillset for both your academic and personal life.  Every minute, 24/7, massive amounts of information and data continue to generate and accumulate.  So feeling lost in the information abyss is perfectly normal

What Happens Online Every 60 Seconds [2014]


Political & Social Bias

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?



Many thanks to Karen Dearing for creating this guide.

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