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How to Evaluate Web Resources

Currency - Background

Currency concerns the date of publication and the regularity with which data is updated.

Questions to Ask

  • How old is the web page?
  • When was it last updated?
  • Is the site well-maintained?
  • Are there any dead links or error messages on the page?
  • Is this information current enough for your research need?


  • Reliable sources typically indicate the date they were last updated
  • Dead links and dated information are signs a Web site is not consistently maintained


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