How do you know a website is reliable?
Evaluating a Website
How can you tell that a web site you would like to use for your research is reliable? Because of the open nature of web publishing (most anyone can post information to a web site and make it look professional) it is especially important that you understand how to evaluate a website for credibility before citing it in your research. Answering the following questions about a website provides one with the necessary information to make a determination about the accuracy and validity of the information retrieved.
NOT Reliable Websites!
Don't use articles from content farms.
Content farm websites have a lot of articles on a variety of topics, but they are written by freelance writers who are paid very little and whose job is to generate ad revenue. The writers use keywords in their articles in order to attain high search engine rankings.
Here is an example of one of these articles. Click on the author: Cyberbullying and Its Effect on Teenagers
Here is a content farm cartoon that explains it pretty well...
List of the largest and most prevalent content farms.
All Experts (allexperts.com)
Answer Bag (answerbag.com)
Articles Base (articlesbase.com)
Associated Content (associatedcontent.com)
Expert Village (expertvillage.com)
Experts Exchange (experts-exchange.com)
eZine Articles (ezinearticles.com)
Find Articles (findarticles.com)
Hub Pages (hubpages.com)
Mail Archive (mail-archive.com)
Question Hub (questionhub.com)
Wonder How To (wonderhowto.com)
Yahoo! Answers (answers.yahoo.com)