How to Find Out How Credible a Website Is

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    • 1). Check the URL of the website. You may see hints about the website host and any technical or scholarly connections. For example, if a university hosts the website, the domain will generally have an ".edu" extension, indicating the educational connection. A ".gov" extension follows governmental websites and often an ".org" extension indicates a nonprofit organization. Commercial websites usually have a simple ".com" extension.

    • 2). Find an "About Us" link somewhere on the website and read this information. Read about the author, looking for credentials and qualifications that make the author an expert about the information on the website.

    • 3). Check to see what connections the author has -- medical institutions or universities, for example. Find out if the author has a direct connection, such as employment, with respected organizations.

    • 4). Find out how current the website information is. If the facts are inaccurate or dated and the links do not work, the website may not be credible.

    • 5). Look for sources cited to support the information on the website. Check the references to see how credible they appear using the same analysis.

    • 6). Check for indications that the website is a secured website before you enter any information or make a purchase from a website. Look for a site seal somewhere on the Web page. Hover your mouse over the seal or click it to see additional information about the website. If the seal has no function, it may not be genuine. Notice whether the URL has an "https://" at the beginning. The additional "s" indicates a secure website. Check your browser for a "lock" icon also, which indicates a secured website.

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