Trustworthiness of websites during term search

Termbase creation and updating requires a lot of research. When looking for terms on the Internet, be careful and ask yourself the following questions:

1. What is the document source? Check the URL suffix (edu, com, gov, org are probably trustworthy sites) and write  down date when the visit was made, and store them. BE AWARE THAT THERE MIGHT BE COPYRIGHT ISSUES.
2. Is the information useful and appropriate for your purposes?
– Who is the owner of the website (URL address may help to identify this). Look for the “About” description, google the author.
– Does it have correct linguistic features (grammar, style, usage)?
– How is the design quality of the webpage (Does it have a lot of advertising? Does it look amateur?)
– Is it up to date?
– For bilingual websites, make sure they have been translated by professionals. Does it look like it has been proofread?
– Who is your audience? What is their age group? Are they scholars, students, general public?
– What is the purpose of the website? Does it sell a product, is it a public service page?
– Check the website links to other pages. Are those reputable pages?
– Double check your terms in other sources.

Here is a detailed list published by the Erma Wood Carlston Library (Lee College) with more details and tips.

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