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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?  

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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