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I am in the pastoral and counseling class. How do know if you have found a qualified website?
Aaaaah, yes, the age-old problem of determining whether a Web site is credible and suitable for use as a source in a research paper . . . a problem that certainly isn’t going away anytime soon. Evaluating Web sites is hard work and getting harder all the time as the amount of information out there to evaluate grows exponentially. Add to this the known issue that anyone can publish anything on the internet, and it’s clear how site evaluation becomes tricky business indeed.
So, how do we pick out the best from the rest? The best way is to spend a good deal of time with the site, looking for several indicators of quality. To see what these quality indicators are and to see what questions to ask to determine whether or not the site fits the bill, see the Web Evaluation section of the Reeves Research Tutorial: http://home.moravian.edu/public/reevestutorial/pages/SourceEval/EvalCriteria.htm
Is this easy? Nope, Web site evaluation isn’t an easy process by any stretch of the imagination. Is it fast? Nope again. Evaluation takes time, and Web evaluation clearly takes a good amount of time. But, if you want to use freely available Web sites in your research, these are the steps you need to take.
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