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How to Evaluate Information on the Internet

The internet contains a lot of information on all sorts of subjects. However, not all of this information is trustworthy. By using the techniques detailed in these pages, you will be able to find reliable information on the World Wide Web.

The CARS checklist can be used to evaluate websites before using them in scholarly work. Click on a part of the Acronym to learn more about it.

Credibility   Accuracy   Reasonableness   Support    Test your knowledge



Support

Support - Who else says this?

Checking Support:

  • Does the author provide references or links to confirm the accuracy of the information?
  • Does the author provide verifiable statistics to support conclusions?
  • Is the topic covered comprehensively or superficially? Does the author leave out important facts, qualifications, consequences, or alternatives?
  • Does the page offer new information or information not found anywhere else?

Warning Signs:

  • Numbers or statistics presented without an identified source for them
  • Failure to present source documentation for facts when the discussion clearly calls for it
  • Absence of other sources that present the same information or acknowledge that the same information exists (lack of corroboration)