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December 2, 2005

WildCard Online Source Reliability CARS Checklist

After numerous discussions in class and Ashlee's Blog, I decided to summarize a checklist I received in Nutrition for Life, that focuses on how to tell whether an online source is reliable. I hope this is helpful.

This refers to whether or not the author or organization providing the information has the proper credentials. Examples of a site lacking credibility would be one with no posted author, misspelled words, or bad grammar.

Any information you find on a site should be factual, current, and comprehensive. If you are not seeing both sides to a story, then the author is not presenting the complete story. Also, you should be able to find dates for the information and the information should not be out-dated. A reliable source should have frequent updates that are listed somewhere on the site.

The information provided on the site should be fair, balanced, and consistent. You should make sure that there is enough evidence to support any claims that are made, and once again make sure both sides of an argument are shown. Make sure the author is not biased or have a conflict of interest. You should be leery of any gross generalizations or outlandish claims. An example might be an article that claims something is the "cure" for Cancer.

The site should contain supporting documentation such as a works cited list. Make sure you can be positive of where the information is coming from.
(All information came from the book Personal Nutrition by Marie Boyle and Sara Anderson)

Posted by JennaOBrocto at December 2, 2005 8:38 AM


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