Evaluating Web Resources

 

THERE ARE SIX DIFFERENT CRITERIA TO CONSIDER IN EVALUATING A WEB SITE:

  1. Purpose of the site (What is the intent of the site?)
  2. Authority of the author (Is the author and credentials listed?)
  3. Accuracy of the information (Is the information correct?)
  4. Objectivity of the information (Bias or slanted?)
  5. Currency (Is it up to date?)
  6. Coverage (Is the topic covered in depth?)

PURPOSE

  • Is the main purpose to inform?
  • Is the author trying to change your opinion?

AUTHORITY

  • Is the author given?
  • Are the credentials of the author given?
  • Who is the author affiliated with?
  • Is there a way to contact the author?

ACCURACY

  • Is the information reliable?
  • Is the information free of errors?
  • Is there a bibliography?
  • Who is responsible for the information?
  • Are there links to related sites?
  • Are statistics included?

OBJECTIVITY

  • Is the information biased?
  • Is the information slanted?
  • Are images used to change opinions?

CURRENCY

  • Is the date of the last revision stated?
  • Is the page up to date?
  • Do the links work?

COVERAGE

  • Is the topic completely covered?
  • Is the site under construction?

ANOTHER WAY TO EVALUATE AN INTERNET SITE IS THE TEN C'S LISTED BELOW:

  1. Content - Is the content popular or scholarly? Are the author and title identified? What is the intent? What is the date of the publication?
  2. Credibility - What is the url extension - Is it a source from .edu, .gov, .org, or a .com - and what might this tell you?
  3. Critical Thinking - How does this information mesh with your previous knowledge - or with other resources?
  4. Copyright - Internet users, along with users of print media, must respect copyright.
  5. Citation - Internet sources should be cited to credit the source.
  6. Continuity - Will this site be maintained and updated? Can you rely upon it over time? If it is free, is it likely to continue to be free?
  7. Censorship - Are some words in your search excluded via censorship - will this affect your results?
  8. Connectivity - If this is a popular and busy resource, will it be easily available at the times when you will need it?
  9. Comparability - Is there an identified comparable print or CD-ROM data source? (Some sites include partial information online - with complete information offline in a print format.)
  10. Context - Are you looking for current or historical information on your topic? Are you looking for opinions or research-based statistics?