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ECED 5583 - Current Trends and Research in Early Childhood Education: Other Online Resources

Current research findings, program development and the resulting trends in the field of early childhood education.

Evaluating Websites

It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not. 

There are five main criteria that I use when evaluating a website:

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Currency
  • Objectivity
  • Coverage

Some of the things you want to look at or for in a website include:

  • the URL (.gov, .mil, .us, .edu are usually pretty credible); 
  • links to information about the author or sponsoring organization; 
  • links to other sites that are credible; 
  • the currency of the page (is it updated regularly?);
  • no broken links.

Ultimately the researcher must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a website. Below are a couple of links to websites that provide some excellent guidelines for evaluating resources and websites:

Jodena Brown

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Jodena Brown
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Contact:
NSU - BA Library
3100 E New Orleans St
Office # BALB 135
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
918-449-6449

JVL (Tahlequah) Librarian

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Sarah Burkhead Whittle
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John Vaughan Library 214C
918-444-3262