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There are millions of internet pages and some have been around a long time. Checking for a publication date is essential in ensuring that information is up to date. Research for this article alone led to pages published as long ago as 1996. A publication or update date is also a sign of a professional site that regards itself as a reliable source for information. However, it must be kept in mind that simply because information is recent, it is not necessarily accurate.
Site design can give clues to reliability, as can the writing style of the articles. A badly designed site with broken images or unprofessional design may not be the best source of information. Similarly, a site with poor grammar, spelling or syntax must also be questioned. Sites do experience technical difficulties, though, and this is something that must be taken into account when assessing a site for reliability.
Sourcing is a strong indicator of reliability. With the advent of keyword article marketing, more and more articles are being written to attract search engines. Some of these articles are certainly reliable, but many are written by people with no expertise in the subject matter. A quality article will contain sources for the material, quotes from professionals in the field, and footnotes for quoted sources.
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