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Examination and Cross-Examination: Getting the Facts: Evaluating Internet Resources

Trial transcrips and practice materials on the examination of witnesses

Internet Archive

To view archives of websites, visit the Internet Archives - Wayback Machine. Enter the URL or some keywords to find previous versions of a website.

Evaluate Websites

Note official websites of agencies, universities, courts, states, and other legislative, executive, and judicial organizations. Evaluate online resources by identifying the source of information:

  • Who is the author?
  • What are the author's credentials?
  • Level of objectivity--an advocacy or interest group website can be a valuable source of information, unless the organization hides its mission.
  • When was the website last updated and how often is it updated?
  • Verify the information found
  • Note that some websites (i.e. Wikipedia) can be altered by anyone

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