Ask yourself these questions to help you critically evaluate a web page:
Note: Most information has some sort of bias that you may either agree or disagree with. It is important to identify the bias and understand how that applies to your research if you choose to cite a page.
Objective web page:
Biased web pages:
Biased and misleading web page:
Martin Luther King Jr.: A True Historical Examination
This page is not only biased, but it presents incorrect information. See question #7 to learn more about identifying fraudulent websites.
Search for the author/organization on other sites to check authority. Some websites have "accredited" stamps.
Some official URLs:
University or other educational sites (.edu)
Government (.gov, .mil)
Non-Profit (.org) [no longer just for non-profits, please check.]
Some blog URLs:
Visit ICANN [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers] for a list of the most common top level domains.
Watch groups scan the web for misinformation, fraudulent, and fanatical web sites. Virtual Chase maintains an updated list of these groups.
http://www.dhmo.org/ is an intentionally fraudulent webpage that has the appearance of being official. Note the fake EAC logo:
Here is the official logo of the actual governmental organization.