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Latin American and Latino Studies

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Primary Sources and Historical News Sources

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Evaluating Websites

There are many wonderful and reputable sources on the Internet but often it can difficult to find them after weeding through all other sites that come up in a Google search.

Some criteria to look for include:

  • .com? .net? -- these are commercial sites
  • .org? -- this sometime indicates a non-profit but can also be used by commercial sites
  • .gov? -- only government sites have this domain
  • .edu? -- only educational institutions have this domain

What type of domain does this page come from?

  • Is this someone's personal page?
  • What are the author or authors' credentials?

Who wrote the page?

  • Is the information current? When was the page last updated?
  • Are sources documented with footnotes, a list of references or links?
  • Do the links work? Do they link to relevant sites on the topic?
  • Do other reputable sites link to this page (search Google using the link operator: type link:http://www.website.com)
  • Why was this page created? As a joke or satire? To misinform people? To sell a product? Or to provide useful and important information to a broad range or users?