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Testing Fake Websites

Does a website have true or valid information?  Here's how to tell:

1.) Check a couple of different sources. Are you finding the same information on each one? Does the information sound credible?

2.)  Is the website created by an expert? Is the information updated on a regular basis?


You can often tell whether a site is valid by the URL.

 Check for credibility on sites that end with these extensions:

.com   these are commercial sites

.org     created by organizations

.net     network


Sites with valid/true information include:

.gov   government sites

.edu   educational sites such as universities

.mil    military sites




Library Databases vs Websites


Library databases


Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field.

Websites may be written by anyone regardless of expertise. (such as Wikipedia)

Library databases contain published works where facts are checked for accuracy.

Websites may have content which has not been checked or evaluated by anyone.

Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography. (see Noodle Tools)

Websites often don't provide all the information necessary to complete a citation.

Library databases can help you narrow your topic

Suggest related subjects.

Websites often aren't organized to meet students' research needs.

Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication.

Websites may not indicate when a page is updated and may include outdated information.

(from the Libguide of Diane Rausch, Blockhouse Creek Elementary Library)



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