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  • Is he/she an expert?
  • Can you find out more and contact him/her?
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Publisher

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  • Do they take responsibility for the content?

Bias

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  • Does the organization or author indicate there will be bias?
  • Is the purpose of the website to inform or to spread an agenda?
  • Are there ads? Are they trying to make money?
  • Why did they write the article?
  • (Website) Is the site a content farm? A content farm is a site whose content has been generated by teams of low-paid freelancers who write large amounts of text to raise the site’s search engine rankings.

Citations

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Accuracy

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Accuracy

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Currency

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Design

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