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What is a reliable website?

When looking for reliable information when doing your research, it is important to look for specific information.  If you can't find this information, or if it any of the information seems unrealistic, it probably is not a website you should use.

Answer these questions - is this site reliable?

Who created the page?

• Is there an “about us” section?
• Do they list credentials?
• Is there contact information?
• Who is the intended audience?

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When was this article posted?
• Is it current?
• Has it been updated recently?

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What information are you getting?
• Are there multiple points of view represented?
• Does the author use OPINION words, such as always, never, least, greatest, best, worst, all, none, should, or most?
• What is the tone? Is it serious? Does it contain elements of parody, satire, or irony?
• Can the information be verified through other sources?

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Where is this webpage located?
• Look at the URL. Is this a personal page or site?
• What is the domain (.com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov)?
Why would I use this site as a source of information?
• Can I verify this information?
• Why was this site published? Was it to entertain, to inform, to explain, to persuade, to sell, or some combination of these things?

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Look at the images, asking yourself the following questions:
Who created the images? Is credit given?
Do they look like they have been changed with a photo-enhancing program?
• Are shadows consistent?
• Are there jagged edges?
• Are there identical objects in the photograph?
• Could the scene in the photo really have happened?
4. Explore how the site is viewed by others:
What sites link to it? (You can find out using Google by entering link: URL of the website)
Use a search engine for the topic. What sites come up?

Social Media Safety TIPS!

Check Your Privacy Settings

In most cases, the default privacy settings will give your posts the most public exposure which can be very dangerous.

Important Privacy Setting Resource Links:
Privacy Settings on Facebook / Modify Privacy Settings on Twitter / Control Visibility on InstagramMake Your Tumblr Private / Visit for a centralized location where you can update all your accounts.

Why It’s Important

In general, it's best to keep your social profile strictly private… the best settings are where only friends can see what you post because you never really know who your friends are friends with online, so the “Friends of Friends” setting can leave you exposed and vulnerable.

Be Cautious of Friend Requests

It's great to connect with new people through social people… but isn’t there something weird when a complete stranger sends you a friend request?

Play it safe and only accept friend requests from friends in the real world.

Think Before You Post!

Limit personal contact information in your profile and posts. Never give away your phone number or address. Keep private information private. If you want to share this information with a friend, do it directly by phone or text.

Why It’s Important

It’s important to think first before you post what you are thinking or feeling. Even though you can delete something (a post, picture, comment, etc.) you can never permanently erase something that has been published on the internet. That’s also a good reason why you should face your problems instead of Facebooking them. 

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More questions to answer

Look for quality, asking yourself the following questions:
Does the overall design look professional?
Are there any spelling mistakes or other writing errors?
Are links credible or broken?
Are there any advertisements?