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    • 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 .
    • Why Evaluate?
      • 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
    • Evaluation Criteria
      • The following criteria can be used to judge a resource’s effectiveness
        • Authority
        • Accuracy
        • Content
        • Currency
        • Objectivity
    • Authority
      • Questions:
      • Who created the source?
      • Is the author qualified?
      • What else does the publisher put out?
      • Is additional information about creators readily available?
      • Evaluation Techniques:
      • 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.
    •  
    • Accuracy
      • Questions:
      • Is the information verifiable?
      • Are claims believable?
      • Can you find any errors?
      • Does the author cite sources?
      • Evaluation Techniques:
      • Consult additional sources to verify claims.
      • Check bibliography, references and links.
      • Ask an expert.
    • Content
      • Questions:
      • 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?
      • Evaluation Techniques:
      • Use the 5 W’s.
      • Look for information that is new and useful.
      • Consider your topic’s boundaries.
    • Currency
      • Questions:
      • Is the information timely?
      • When was the source last updated?
      • Is it regularly updated?
      • Evaluation Techniques:
      • Check citations.
      • Look for date of last update on web pages.
      • Check back frequently for updates.
    •  
    • Objectivity
      • Questions:
      • 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?
      • Evaluation Techniques:
      • 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?
    • Some Examples
      • Responsible Shopper Profile
      • Standard & Poor's Industry Profile
      • Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner
    • The Library is Here to Help! Library > Resources by Program > Management
    • Library > Resources by Program > Management >How Do I?
    • Thank you!