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Kinesiology Research Guide: Websites

A guide to help you find resources and information about and within the field of Kinesiology

Evaluating Websites

When Googling for helpful websites, be sure that what you are using is reputable and well-suited for your task at hand. Here are some basic things to look for that can help you evalute a website.

  1. Author - Can you identify who created the site? Any credentials? Affililiation with an organization? Are there ways to make contact?
  2. Source - Look at the URL. Typically, .edu and .gov sites are trustworthy. Use care with .com, .org and .net sites.
  3. Currency - If working on a recent topic, event, etc., is the infomation up-to-date?
  4. Purpose - Why was the cite created? Who is the target audience? (For example, is the site trying to inform you or sell you something?)
  5. Scope - Is there balanced coverage (bias vs. objectivity)? Objective sites give equal attention to all sides/facets of a topic. Subjective sites can be useful, but be aware that the presented information is opinionated (and often one-sided).

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