“Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him."
~Ernest Hemingway, 1954
Why Evaluate web sources?
It’s up to YOU to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes. “Crap detection,” as Hemingway called it half a century ago, is more important than ever before.
The Gingrich Guide has more information on evaluating source material.
Google's advanced search allows you to search by domain name (on bottom line of the advanced search form).
Entering .edu or .gov into this line will only return results from educational or US government sites, which tend to contain more reliable scholarly or factual information.
Google Scholar uses Google's search interface to find academic sources without the commercial aspects of plain Google.
The C.R.A.A.P test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose/Point of View. Below are some questions to help you think about how to measure each of the criteria.
Purpose/Point of View
(from the LOEX Wiki)
Most of the time when you are searching databases provided by a school or university, the content has a good chance of being reliable.
However, when searching the internet via Google or other search engines, the chances of finding unreliable sites is much higher.
Check out this website and apply the C.R.A.A.P. test to it: Feline Reactions to Bearded Men of Beard Type #55G
Use critical thinking skills and evaluate the websites you find!