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Evaluating Websites: Purpose

This guide will assist students in evaluating websites before using them as sources.

Purpose: The reason the information was created

  • Why did the author publish this source? Is she looking to inform, teach, advocate, sell, or entertain?
  • Who is the intended audience? Is this designed for general readers or academic readers?
  • What political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, personal or other perspectives does the author have?
  • What perspectives are not included within this resource, especially less privileged perspectives?  

Car salesman trying to sell everyone a Porsche Why is he trying to sell you this particular car?

Hubler Auto. (2014, May 29). How Not to Get Swindled on the Car Lot. Retrieved from

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