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Animal Rights and Welfare

Animal rights movement opposes any use of animals that causes suffering or death. Animal welfare movement tends to accept the need to raise animals for food and to use them in some research as long as they receive proper care and do not suffer.

IMPORTANT NOTE regarding Linking Requests

The owners of Oakton Library Research Guides (Libguides) have no obligation to respond to email requests from for-profit or non-authoritative organizations that solicit free advertising for their services or products via hotlinks in Oakton LibGuides. The Librarians and owners of Oakton LibGuides may add scholarly and authoritative links to their LibGuides at their discretion.

If your organization is for-profit or sells products or services, do not solicit the owner of this Libguide. You will not receive a reply nor will your organizational link be added to the LibGuide.

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Evaluating a Website

When using a website for research, it’s important to consider several factors to make sure you’re getting accurate, objective, and current information. Here are some questions to ask yourself as your evaluate websites:

1.  Who provided the information on the website and are they qualified to write on that particular topic? Is there a way to contact the author(s)?

2.  What organization, institution, or company is responsible for the website? What kind of domain does the website use? Website URLs that end in .edu or .gov are often more reliable and objective than commercial websites ending in .com.

3.  What opinions are expressed on the website? Does the website provide objective, factual information or does it seem more like an advertisement for a product or a platform for someone to express a personal opinion?

4.  When was the website created? Is there an indication that the information has been kept up-to-date? Do the links still work or do they mostly lead to defunct websites?

5.  Are there citations or clearly identified reliable sources for the information presented?

(Source: “Teaching Undergrads Web Evaluation: A Guide for Library Instruction,” Jim Kapoun, reference and instruction librarian at Southwest State University.)


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