How can I tell if a website is credible?

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*How can I tell if a website is credible?*

There are six ways you can tell if your website is credible.

It can be challenging to determine whether a website you’re using is
credible, but here are a few things to look for:

· *Author* – Information on the internet with a listed author is one
indication of a credible site. The fact that the author is willing to stand
behind the information presented (and in some cases, include his or her
contact information) is a good indication that the information is reliable.
· *Date* – The date of any research information is important, including
information found on the Internet. By including a date, the website allows
readers to make decisions about whether that information is recent enough
for their purposes.
· *Sources* – Credible websites, like books and scholarly articles,
should cite the source of the information presented.
· *Domain* – Some domains such as .com, .org, and .net can be purchased
and used by any individual. However, the domain .edu is reserved for
colleges and universities, while .gov denotes a government website. These
two are usually credible sources for information (though occasionally a
university will assign a .edu address to each of its students for personal
use, in which case use caution when citing). Be careful with the domain
.org, because .org is


how do you know a site is credible

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