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Town Hall Research Guide: Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Websites

Researchers generally use websites in two ways:

  1. Research artifact -- Something you're writing about or using as an example. Any website can be used.
  2. Research source -- Primary or secondary sources that support or anchor your argument/discussion. Use only trustworthy, authoritative sites. 

Your argument is only as credible as your sources.

Author Bias Content Date

Search smarter with Google Advanced Search

Websites ending with .gov, .org, or .edu are generally not trying to sell you anything, and often provide better information. When you search Google, type one of these into the search field with your keywords:

  • site:.edu
  • site:.gov
  • site:.org