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Accuracy

Ask yourself:

  • How is the information presented? Is it constructed logically and coherently? Has proper attention been given to the appropriate use of language and expression, proof-reading and presentation?
  • Is the information well researched? If the information claims to be original research, does the author explain the research method used, how the data was gathered and interpreted? Was the research method used appropriate to the topic?
  • Is the information fact or opinion? Factual statements should be well documented and/or footnoted so they can be verified for accuracy. Are facts quoted out of context from the original source?
  • Is there a bibliography which shows the sources used?
  • Are references provided to locate original sources of information? Are you able to cross-check to confirm accuracy?
  • Is it possible to verify the validity of the organization sponsoring the site or the information?
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