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  • Evaluating Websites How to Determine Credibility and Reliability Mrs. Jillian Wojcik Introduction to Digital Literacy
  • Why should you evaluate?  The quality of web sources varies greatly  Anyone can publish information on the Internet  So how can you determine if a website is  Inaccurate?  Incomplete?  Out-of-date?  Superficial?  Biased?  Questionable?
  • Evaluation Criteria  Accuracy  Authority of Source  Objectivity  Recency  Coverage  Cross-check
  • Accuracy  Is the information reliable and error-free?  Can the background information be verified?  Is research documented by a bibliography?
  • Authority of Source  Who authored the information and why?  Is the author or editor a known expert in the field?  Is the site maintained by a reputable organization?
  • Objectivity  Is there a minimum of bias?  Is there an attempt to sway the opinion of the audience?  Are opinions attributed to specific credible sources?
  • Recency  Is the information up-to-date?  Are the statistics current?  Is the publication date indicated?
  • Coverage  What topics are included?  Are topics covered in depth?  Is the information specific to the topic?
  • Cross Check  How does the information fit with what you already know?  Do the linked sites reveal the biases of the author?  Do other sources support this site’s information?
  • Activity Two  Continue on to Activity Two.  Use these critical questions to help you evaluate the websites in Activity Two.