Evaluating Web Sources For ResearchPresentation Transcript
Evaluating Web Sources for Research Instruction for beginning MBA students By Mahrya Carncross, Librarian Candidate, City University of Seattle Library
Information Literacy: Skills for Research Success Association of College and Research Libraries (2003). Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education. Retrieved February 23, 2009 at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm .
Make sense of excessive amounts of information found online
Web content is not monitored or universally checked for accuracy
Web content is published with many intentions
Develop your critical thinking skills
The following criteria can be used to judge a resource’s effectiveness
Who created the source?
Is the author qualified?
What else does the publisher put out?
Is additional information about creators readily available?
Look for biographical and publishing information at the source.
Examine banner, “about us” and URL.
Conduct a web search for the author and/or publisher.
Search library sources for publishing history.
Is the information verifiable?
Are claims believable?
Can you find any errors?
Does the author cite sources?
Consult additional sources to verify claims.
Check bibliography, references and links.
Ask an expert.
Does the site contain complete information?
Does it provide you with new knowledge?
Is the source relevant to your topic?
What does the site seem to be missing?
Use the 5 W’s.
Look for information that is new and useful.
Consider your topic’s boundaries.
Is the information timely?
When was the source last updated?
Is it regularly updated?
Look for date of last update on web pages.
Check back frequently for updates.
Why did the author publish the source?
Does the article reflect a particular agenda?
Are persuasive claims backed by evidence?
Are tone and language appropriate for topic?
Determine purpose of the work.
Look for slant or bias.
Examine links, references and ads.
Does it Add Up?
What is your overall impression of the source?
Will it fill a gap in your research knowledge?
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