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MAN154 22W : Small Business Management : Girard: Web Resources

Website Evaluation

While conducting research on the web, it is imperative to evaluate the website in question for authority, documentation, currency, and bias.  Doing so will ensure that you are using the most credible information possible to support your thesis.

Authority and Accuracy

Who produced the site?  Are they a credible source?  What is the purpose of the site?  Why was it created?  Is the person, organization, or group qualified to write this content?  What is the domain of the URL?

  • .com or.biz - a business or commercial website
  • .edu - an educational institution
  • .gov or .mil - a U.S. military or government website
  • .net - a personal website
  • .org - a website for a not-for-profit organization

Documentation

Is there adequate documentation for factual statements?  Is the documentation reliable, verifiable from a second source? Is there enough information to cite this information in a paper (author, title, source, date)?

Currency

Is the information up to date?  When was it created, or last edited?  Are the links up to date or dead?  Is the author using outdated statistics?

Objectivity and Bias

Is the document biased or slanted?  Are there few or no logical errors such as appeal to authority or circular reasoning?  If you found this information a printed source, would you trust it?

Useful Web Resources

                                           From Lemonade Stand to Coffee Shop!  

                                     Lemonade Stand                        Coffee Shop

     Dreams really do come true!  The faculty and staff at BCC are here to help you realize those dreams you might have of opening up your own business.  Having a lemonade stand as a kid could have made you want to have your own coffee shop when you grew up.  Or,  you might want to open up your own travel business, restaurant, or other business you have been dreaming about.  Whatever your aspirations are for being an entrepreneur and/or opening up your own small business, we are here to help you reach your goals!  Studying hard and gaining knowledge help you to get there. The right information is a key to opening up all the possibilities available to you!

   The following websites provide added information available on the internet to help you in your research in entrepreneurship and small business.

Image credits: (Lemonade Stand): www.projectnursery.com  (Coffee Shop):www.jordanaubryrobinson.com