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How to Determine if a Website is Credible 1 Printed material is more credible then Internet material because it has usually been looked over and critiqued by an editor while documents shown on the Internet may not have been because it is not something that is demanded for all websites 2 According to Robert Harris there is opinions facts reasoned arguments statistics narratives eyewitness reports descriptions stories and interpretations all available through the Internet 3 To find out if a source is credible Robert Harris says you should be able to find as much as possible about the page Things like the authors name position organisation they are affiliated with date the page was created and how to contact the author if needed By thinking about how fair objective lacking hidden motives and showing quality control you will be able to detect which site is more reliable then the rest 4 There is no test to figure out if something is totally reliable truthful or valuable 5 CARS Checklist Credibility Some questions about credibility that should be asked would be What about this source makes it believable How does this source know this information Why should I believe this source over another These help determine how trustworthy the source actually is Some things you should look for when trying to judge credibility would be to get some of the authors credentials like position education contact information or and biographical information People should also be checking for quality control by finding out some information presented on organisational web sites on-line journals that use refereeing by editors or others postings of information taken from books or journals that have a quality control process You should also be able to find out information on the information this is called metainformation There are two basic types of this type of information summary metainformation which is shortened forms of information such as abstracts content summaries or even tables
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