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Evaluating Internet Sources

The most reliable websites are .gov, .net, .org, .edu, .ca, .us, .uk (or other country).

Use the following criteria when evaluating .com websites.

To determine if information found on the Internet is reliable and accurate, try the CAARP test:

  • Currency: The timeliness of the information. When was it published?
  • Authority: The source of the information. What are the credentials of the author?
  • Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information.
  • Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs.
  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. Is it to pursuade you to do something? Is the information bias? Are they trying to sell something? Are there ads on the page; is it a commercial website?

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What types of sources are there?

Books, articles, and websites all are examples of resources you might need for your research. But these information sources differ in several ways:
  1. Currency - How up-to-date is this information?
  2. Coverage - How comprehensive is this information?
  3. Authority - How trustworthy is this information?

There is no single tool to find all these things - books, articles and websites.

Source type Best for... Examples

Reference Books (encyclopedias, etc)

general background on a topic; facts Encyclopedia of Ethics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Books in-depth information on a topic; historical information

Management: Leading People and Professional Development Course Book

Performance Management


current events New York TimesBarron's


general interest articles for a wide audience, current events, popular culture Time Magazine New Yorker;  The Economist

Scholarly journals

in-depth research on a topic, written for other scholars in a field

Academy of Management JournalManagement Science;

Business & Society Review

Trade publications

general interest articles for members of a particular profession Advertising AgeRestaurant Business; Marketing News

current information, popular culture, government information*

*See Evaluating Internet Sources in the far left column.