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It doesn't matter if you can find a quality source if you aren't able to identify whether that source fits your information needs. By interpreting your assignment and taking a step back to think about your needs, you will be able to evaluate what you have found to determine its relevance to your needs.
sources that provide overviews to help you gain understanding
opinions on a topic
sources that share points of views on a topic
facts to support your statements
research articles, data sources, or statistical resources
first-person narratives or case studies
an expert's take
scholarly research articles, books, or other works written by someone who has demonstrated expertise
the latest information
newspapers or websites
SIFT Information Evaluation Habits
Do you know the website?
What is its reputation?
What is your purpose?
How do you feel?
Consider cognitive biases.
Investigate the Source
What exactly is the source?
What can you find out about the website?
What about the author?
Is it worth your time?
Find Other Coverage
Is other coverage similar?
Can you find a better source?
One more trusted?
What do expert sources agree on with coverage?
Trace to the Original Source
Can you find the original source?
What is the original context?
Has it been accurately presented?
Types of Top Level Domains and their Uses
As a starting point for evaluating websites, one might use the part of the web address immediately after the "dot" (for example, .com) to try to determine the reliability of the information. This part of the address (or URL) is called a "top-level domain" that someone asks to have when creating their website. The websites you most frequently visit have top-level domains, or TLDs, that likely fall into one of the following categories:
Country Codes - two letter representation for a country, individual countries determine who may receive a website within their country code
Unrestricted - three or more letter, no requirements necessary for a website ending with these TLDs
Sponsored - three or more letters, a Sponsoring organization determines what requirements must be met and regulates whether they are met before allowing that website to exist.
This table provides some common top-level domains, the category they fall into, and their typical usage
A site with this TLD can be registered by...
An accredited US-based college or university approved by EDUCAUSE
federal, state, or local governments within the US approved by an independent government agency
officials of the Vatican
mainly South African citizens and businesses, but no policy excludes others from registering