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Business Technical Writing: Websites

Evaluating Websites

C.R.A.A.P -- Consider the following criteria for evaluating websites and sources:

Currency 

  • When was the information written or published? 
  • Has it been updated?
  • Is it out of date for your topic?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevance

  • Does the information answer your research question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level?

Authority

  • Is the author a person, company, or organization?
  • Is the author an expert on the subject?
  • Is contact information included?
  • Does the URL reveal anything?

 Accuracy

  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Can you verify the information?
  • Is it peer reviewed?
  • Does the language seem unbiased?
  • Are there spelling, grammatical or other typographical errors?

Purpose

  • Is the purpose to inform / teach / sell / entertain / persuade?
  • Do the authors make their intentions clear?
  • Is the point of view objective?

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Government Websites

U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder

• Demographic, economic and geographic data • Users can create maps, tables, and other reports • Date from: Population Census, Economic Census, Community Survey, and Population Estimates Program.

U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstract

• Statistics collected by the federal government and public and private organizations on social and economic conditions in the U.S. • Supplies tables of demographic data, industry statistics, and labor statistics, • A summary of the latest economic census.

U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

• An aggregated view of the final uses of the U.S.'s output and the income derived from its production • Gross domestic product (GDP) • Gross domestic income (GDI) • BEA prepares estimates of the Nation's stock of fixed assets and consumer durable goods.