Stephanie HerfelLibrarianNewburgh Campus Library
Be a investigator…
Purpose (What and For Who?) Why was the website created? .edu and .gov sites are reliable .com generally exist to sell ...
Authority (Who?)   Is the author’s name easy to find?   Is the author an expert on the topic?   Is an About Us page inc...
ABOUT USAmerican Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/
Objectivity (Fact or Opinion?) Why was the webpage created? Is the information fact or just an opinion? Look out for bi...
Currency (When?) When was the webpage written? When was the page last updated? Medical and technology- dates are import...
Coverage(How Much?) Is there enough information for  your purpose? Is the information provided appropriate for college r...
Design (How?) How is the information arranged? Is it well organized? Is the webpage free of  spelling/grammar errors?
A reliable website has: Purpose. If your page was created to educate or help others and… Authority. If your page lists t...
Work CitedKapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads Web evaluation: A      guide for library instruction." C&RL News     (July/Aug...
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  1. 1. Stephanie HerfelLibrarianNewburgh Campus Library
  2. 2. Be a investigator…
  3. 3. Purpose (What and For Who?) Why was the website created? .edu and .gov sites are reliable .com generally exist to sell you something .org sites are okay as long as the purpose is not to convince that an opinion is fact Who is the intended audience? Is there a lot of advertising on the page = Be critical!
  4. 4. Authority (Who?) Is the author’s name easy to find? Is the author an expert on the topic? Is an About Us page included? Does the website have a contact page? .gov, .edu, or .org site?
  5. 5. ABOUT USAmerican Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/
  6. 6. Objectivity (Fact or Opinion?) Why was the webpage created? Is the information fact or just an opinion? Look out for bias Bias = an opinion formed without evidence, facts, or knowledge. List of references?
  7. 7. Currency (When?) When was the webpage written? When was the page last updated? Medical and technology- dates are important Literature and history topics- dates are less important
  8. 8. Coverage(How Much?) Is there enough information for your purpose? Is the information provided appropriate for college research? Can the same information be found from a more credible source?(book, encyclopedia, or journal article)
  9. 9. Design (How?) How is the information arranged? Is it well organized? Is the webpage free of spelling/grammar errors?
  10. 10. A reliable website has: Purpose. If your page was created to educate or help others and… Authority. If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net) and… Objectivity. If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and . . . Currency. If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and . . . Coverage. If your page has enough information to suit your purpose, and … Design If the information is well organized and free of errors then . . . IT HAS CREDIBILITY = A RELIABLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION!
  11. 11. Work CitedKapoun, Jim. "Teaching undergrads Web evaluation: A guide for library instruction." C&RL News (July/August 1998): 522-523.
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