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1.4 Assessing the quality of websites

1.4.1 Are websites reliable?

How can you tell if the information you've found on a web page is reliable? There is no overall editorial control over the Internet, so anyone can write anything they want, and can claim to be anyone they like.

How can you decide what information is likely to be correct amongst all of the different websites available?

There are three simple questions to ask yourself when looking at a website that can help you to work out whether you want to rely on the information it contains. They act as a quick checklist to help you decide how reliable you feel the information is.

  • Who put the site there (who owns the site)?

  • Why did they create the site?

  • When was the site last updated?

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