Evaluating the credibility of a resource is vital to researching at an academic level. But it is also helpful to know what to look for when evaluating things you see everyday, such as commercials, advertisements, news reports, etc.
When evaluating the credibility of a resource the most important aspects to inspect are:
The graphic on this page is designed to give you a general guideline to the credibility of resources you find.
*** Keep in mind that you should evaluate every resource you encounter before using it in your research.
Peer Review Process
The domain extension in a URL for a website can help determine if the site is credible. Below is a chart that can help but always double check the information you are using before including it in a research paper or project.