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Evaluating Web Sources
The Internet has become a popular way of locating information for class assignments. Before selecting websites to include in your project, consider carefully what information they are conveying. The following table presents several concepts to watch out for and a checklist of questions to try and answer before selecting that site for use.
Authority
  • What institution or individual published this item?

  • Does the publisher/author list their qualifications?

  • Is the person who created the document qualified to do so?

  • Can you contact the author for further information?

Objectivity
  • What opinions does the author express?

  • Does this webpage seem more like an advertisement than useful information?

  • How detailed is the information presented?

Currency
  • When was this document produced?

  • When was the last time it was updated?

  • Are the links current or dead?

If any of these questions are not answered to your satisfaction, you may want to choose another website or resource. The reference desk staff are available to assist you in finding information.