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QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Guide at MVC: Evaluating Websites

This guide will provide resources to assist the improvement of student writing.

Additional Resources for T.R.A.A.P.


Helpful Hints

REMEMBER: If you add "site:edu" to your Google search, it will only search .edu sites. The same goes for "site:org" and "site:gov".

Education and government sites tend to be more authoritative than .coms, organization sites (.org) can be authoritative, but the student must evaluate them closely.

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Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Resources for Writing



  • Is the information "dated" so you know how current it is?



  • Corroborate from several sources. Does the information mesh with other sources that we know are reliable?



  • Credibility is important! Is this from a responsible organization, peer-reviewed, edited...?



  • Reliable, Truthful, & Correct


Purpose/Point of View

  • Is the page biased or presenting a balanced viewpoint?
  • Objective, balanced, avoid generalizations, acknowledge varying viewpoints if they exist.


Avoid the traps on the internet!

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