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Learning Strategies for Success: Web Resources

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Resource Types

Website Evaluation

How do I evaluate websites for credibility? Try this checklist!

Web Resources

The following is a list of recommended credible websites. The websites do not replace content found in the CSU Online Library. 

Resource created by Rationale, an argument mapping creator.

For a brief and comprehensible definition of critical thinking by Robert H. Ennis, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Illinois.

The Center for Critical Thinking works under the auspices of the Foundation For Critical Thinking, an educational non-profit organization, to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking.

This OpenCourseWare educational web site provides over 100 free online tutorials on critical thinking, logic, scientific reasoning, creativity, and other aspects of thinking skills. This resource is well worth exploring.

Domain Names

The domain of a website (the postscript at the end of a web address) can be a good indicator of the the website's authority and accuracy.

  • .com Commercial Site
  • .gov Government Agency
  • .edu Higher Education
  • .org Organization. May be charitable, religious, or a lobbying group.
  • .mil Military
  • .net Internet Service Provider
As you conduct your research, you may find external website sources providing additional information, research or commentary. As with any external source, please fully evaluate and verify against assignment resource parameters. If you have questions on selection of a resource, please feel free to connect with the course professor for review.