Currency refers to the timeliness of the information or WHEN. Every website should state when it was originally developed or copyrighted. It should also include when it was last modified or the date the information was published. The Homeland Security site on immigration shows the last date the web page was "reviewed/modified" at the bottom of the screen. A site on stem cell research posted in 2000 might provide background information into the field. It will not, however, contain up-to-date information from a field that has seen many changes over the last few years. If "fresh" data is necessary for a project, Val should make sure the website consulted lists a recent publication date. It might be difficult to find dates detailing the posting of information on a website but look closely. If Val can't find a date associated with the posting of information, she would be wise to find another source. Val realizes that her subject isn't dependent on time for the validity of the information. She still wants to know if the sites might include up-to-date facts so she will find out how long ago her websites were published and updated.
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