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You should be checking 5 things to determine if a website will be valuable to your research: Currency Authority Accuracy Relevance Point of View
On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:It was produced The page was notrecently. produced recently. The page was notIt was updated updated recently.recently. The links are notThe links are current. current.There are few or no Many links are dead.dead links. The information on the page is outdated.The information on thepage is up-to-date.
On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:The author is separate The webmaster is thefrom the webmaster. only name listed, if any areThe site is hosted by a listed at all.reputable group (.gov, The site is not hosted by.edu) a reputable group. The site is not sponsoredThe site is sponsored by a known group orby a recognized group organization.or organization. The source is unreliable.The source of theinformation is reliable. If there is an author, no credentials are listed.The site has receivedawards.
On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:You can find the author. You can’t figure out who wrote theThe information is information.accurate. The information is notThe document was accurate.written for informational The document waspurposes. written to inflame orThe author is qualified to incite.write about the topic. The person writing theThere is a way to contact document does not havethe author. expertise in the field. If there is an author, there is no way to contact
On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:The title of the page The title does notclearly represents the represent the contents.contents. The links do not matchThe links make sense on the content of the page.the page. There are more images than text.There is a balance The information is notbetween the text and the cited.images. The information is notThere is a bibliography. accurate and/or does notThe page contains match your purpose.accurate information that isuseful for your purpose.
On a Good Page: On a Bad Page:The information provides The information isboth points of view. slanted. You can verify the You can’t verify theinformation elsewhere. information is factual. Opinions are expressed If there are opinions in an inflammatory way.expressed, they are expressed The site is a mask forin such a way as not to be advertising.inflammatory. Those that link to theThe site is not a mask for site are not reputable.advertising.Other people andorganizations who link to thesite are reputable.
Currency: If your page is current and updated regularly and thelinks are up-to-date and…Authority: If your page lists the author’s credentials and itsdomain is a preferred one and…Accuracy: If your page lists an author who is qualified and who canbe contacted and has information that fits your purpose and…Relevance: The title and links make sense on the page, there is abibliography and accurate information with a balance of picturesand…Point of View: If your page provides unbiased information withlimited advertising and it presents both points of view then…
Kapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523