What is a Web page?
A Web page is an online source of any length or language.
A Web page appears in many formats:
What is a Web site?
All the Web pages within one domain are called a Web site.
Tip: The Web site's name is usually on the upper left. (To verify, cut the URL back to the "first slash.")
What is the difference between a Web Project and a Web site?
A Web Project is a section of a Web site that has:
An academic Web Project may include primary sources and scholarly essays curated by editors.
How do I evaluate the author?
The author's expertise and credentials should relate to your subject. A credible contributor might:
How do I evaluate the publisher?
Why would this organization publish this information?
Tip: Search [link:URL] to make inferences about why others value this information.
Is recent information important for my topic?
Information on science, current events and living people changes rapidly. What is the publication date?
How do I fact-check the information?
Follow the trail of evidence to see who the author links to, quotes, or references:
Corroborate: Verify information using different types of sources and organizations to gather different viewpoints.
How do I evaluate the credibility of the author's argument?
What is the author's purpose (e.g., persuade, inform, describe)? How do you know?
How does this source fit?
How do I cite a Web page?
Look for the following elements:
Which URL should I use?
Test your URL in a different browser (e.g., Firefox vs. Chrome) to verify that it is stable.
A URL that is long and complex, or specific to your session, will not work for every reader:
Don't evaluate your source by the URL.