On this page you can learn:
What 'content farms' are and why you need to watch out for them
How to think about whether a website has authority (an example)
A content farm is a website that contains very large quantities of content, typically of low quality or aggregated from other sites, generated solely to ensure that it appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine.
When doing research you need to stay away from content farms, since these sites will often consist entirely of plagiarized material of questionable value. Check out the example below.
What's suspicious about this site?
"Content Farm." Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford UP, n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2015.
Click on the link to this site and take some time to look around.
What do you think? Do you think this site includes authoritative information? Does the link to current research give any information that would be useful to quote in a research paper?
Beware! Information may look accurate but could in fact be completely fabricated! Always check the information you are using comes from an authoritative source.