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Guide to Chemistry Informatics

Evaluating Web Sites

How can you tell if a web site is trustworthy or not? It's not always easy, but there are things that you can look for that will help you decide.

  • Authority  Is the author qualified to write about the subject?
  • Reasonableness  Does the information presented agree with or contradict information provided by reliable sources?
  • Accuracy  Is there any indication that care has been taken to present correct facts in a clear, easily understood fashion?  Is there a reputation for accuracy to uphold?
  • Objectivity  Does the information presented favor a particular viewpoint?  Is the content opinionated?
  • Currency  If recent information is important to your research, are there indications that the information presented is up to date?

Evaluating Information

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