International Students' Guide to Research Skills and Using the KU Libraries: Evaluating Websites

This guide, designed especially for the needs of international students, provides explanations of how to do research using the KU Libraries' resources. It includes links, tutorials, and step-by-step instructions on developing research skills.

Guides to Evaluating Websites or Information

How do you know if a website is trustworthy?  This page provides links to resources and tutorials focused on Evaluating Websites.

Can you believe everything on the Internet?

Cartoon about internet reliability

Websites - How do you know if it is reliable?

Mind map for evaluating websites and credibility

The ABC's of evaluating a website

  • Authority - who is behind the website?
  • Bias - is the information biased?
  • Currency - when was the site updated?
  • Documentation - are the sources cited?

Evaluating Websites: The C.R.A.P. test

Infographic Evaluating Websites: The C.R.A.P. test

Fact Checking

Crash Course - Navigating Digital Information #3

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look at this video. Today, John Green is going to teach you how to read laterally, using multiple tabs in your browser to look stuff up and fact check as you read. Real-time fact-checking can help you figure out what's real and what's not on the internet.  (2019)

Evaluating a website's purpose

How to Evaluate a Website

Evaluating Websites   (Oklahoma City Comm. College)

(Click on the black/red arrow, then the YouTube logo for full-screen viewing.)

Domain names

Domain names provide a clue as to the reliability of the information available at a website, however, it is not a guarantee of quality and accuracy.

Table of domain names and URLs

  • Educational Websites--Websites ending in .edu belong to schools and universities.
  • Government Websites--Websites ending in .gov belong to the U.S. government (Federal, State and Local). Information found on these sites are generally considered reliable. Click here for a complete list of U.S. government websites.
  • Corporate and Organization Websites--Websites ending in .com or .org belong to businesses or interest communities.  They are created to influence the viewer, to sell products or ideas.

WHO IS??? Find out who is really behind a website . . .

WhoIs logo

Evaluating Websites

Test your skills at evaluating websites

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