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Using CARS to Evaluate a Website:
Practice using the CARS Checklist on these websites:
Robert Harris’ CARS Checklist for Website Evaluation
- Trustworthy source
- Author’s credentials
- Evidence of quality control
- Known or respected authority
- Organizational support
Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.
- Audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy
Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.
- No conflict of interest
- Absence of fallacies or slanted tone
- Common sense
Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.
- Listed sources
- Contact information
- Available corroboration
- Claims supported
- Documentation supplied
Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).
For further information, consult former VUSC faulty member Robert Harris’ home page at http://www.virtualsalt.com
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This guide was created by Christine Shin.