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English Language & Literature: Websites & Internet Indexes

Evaluating Websites

When using a search engine or metasearch engine, spend some time investigating the sites--make sure that they are legitimate! Remember to apply the five evaluation criteria:

  • Accuracy (Is the information presented verifiable?)
  • Authority (Who wrote/sponsored the web site?)
  • Objectivity (What is the site's purpose--to inform, to persuade, to sell?)
  • Currency (When was the site created? Are the links still active?)
  • Use (Can the site be used for college research? Basic information? Plain silliness?)

Need more help?

For additional information about web research, see Searchpath, Module 5.

Online Journals

Recommended sources

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
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Meramec Campus Library
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St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
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Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000