How do you know whether information and tips are credible? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Stick to websites from the government (.gov), educational institutions (.edu), and non-profit institutions and professional organizations (typically .org). Note that .org doesn’t necessarily mean the website is credible. Be sure to use ones such as the APPA, APGA, AWWA, and IAMU. If using a .org that you’re not familiar with, find out whether the site is a non-profit or for-profit. Ask yourself questions such as: What is the purpose of the information? Is it for public good or to push a product or service? Who pays for the site or document where the information is included?
- Check for whether the information is current. Look for dates on web pages or documents to see when the content was published or at least last reviewed.
- Give credit to sources. When you share information, include where you got it. Not only do you provide acknowledgement to that organization, you add credibility to the information.