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Critical Thinking: Web Resources

How Do I Evaluate Websites for Credibility?

How do I evaluate websites for credibility?

Use this checklist to help you evaluate websites for credibility as research sources.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Resource Types

Web Resources

The Critical Thinking Community

Contains a definition and other resources related to the understanding of critical thinking concepts.

Critical Thinking Net

Presents a comprehensive approach to the nature of, instruction in, and assessment of critical thinking.

Critical Thinking on the Web

Includes a directory of online resources related to critical thinking.

Kahn Academy

Educational resource which includes information about identifying bias.

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.