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Controversy: Facts and Data

Researching a tough topic? Need information you can trust? Look no further!

Evaluating Websites

How can you tell if a website has legitimate information?  Consider the following criteria:

  • Authority
    • Who wrote it?
    • What does the "about us" page say?
    • What do other websites or news organizations say about it?
  • Accuracy
    • Can you verify the data from another source? 
    • Does the source explain the methodology for their information?
  • Objectivity
    • Does the website have a "mission"?
    • Is the page a vehicle for advertising?
  • Currency
    • When was it produced?
    • When was it updated?
  • Relevance
    • Does the information add real evidence to your thesis?

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