Purpose – is it to inform or persuade? Useful for understanding different points of view. Just be aware and look for alternative views to get a balance
Author – person or organisation. Do they have the qualifications to write with authority on the topic?
Content – Is it biased due to purpose and author’s position on the topic?
Currency – Check date of that information was added
Coverage – Is it comprehensive – do you need to check more sites?
Have a look net.TUTOR for activities and examples
Domain name as a guide to information type
The organisation type can be particularly useful for determining the authority of a site. Government bodies will generally be within the 'gov' domain, e.g. www.qld.gov.au or www.nasa.gov . Educational bodies will often be within the 'edu' domain, e.g. www.qut.edu.au or www.ucla.edu . Commercial bodies have domain names within the 'com' domain, e.g. www.umi.com . The main organisation type domains are listed below.
com or co commercial
edu or ac educational or academic
net network organisation
US domain names often do not include the country domain.
Evaluating Internet material … ..Star Tobacco and Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1990 for the purpose of commercializing improved tobacco products. No personal author No references for “Facts” given So, who is “Star” ??
Evaluating Internet material No clear statement of author URL shows that the document is on the The World Health Org’s server but this is not enough to confirm the authority of the information ? No reference list of sources of statistics No dates - original or revisions
Evaluating Internet material .edu in domain Revision / update date provided Original publication date provided Contact details given