Evaluating Online Resources

  • Accuracy. If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her and . . .
  • Authority. If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net), and, . .
  • Objectivity. If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and . . .
  • Currency. If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and . . .
  • Coverage. If you can view the information properly--not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement, then .

    You may have a Web page that could be of value to your research

    So test your skills and evaluate the following resources...

    1.  Accuracy? Who wrote the page? Is this person qualified to write this document? What is the purpose and why was it produced?

    2.  Authority?  Check the domain; what institution published the document? Are qualifications listed?

    3.  Objectivity?  How detailed is the information? Opinions? Commercials? Ads? What goals and objectives does the page meet?

    4.  Currency? When was the document produced? Updated? Any dead links?

    5.  Coverage?  Are the links evaluated and do they support the site? Balance of text and images? Correct citations? $ needed?



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