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Criteria for examining the credibility of information on


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Criteria for examining the credibility of information on

  1. 1. Criteria for Examining the Credibility of Information on Web Sites
  2. 2. AUTHORITY checking the qualifications and reputation of an author or source Questions to ask: • Who is providing the information? • Is there personal contact information? • What is the expertise of the author? • Has the site been verified in identity? • Does the email domain match with the internet domain?
  3. 3. AUTHORITY Clues to look for  Registered site (  411 and Mapquest on name and address  use search engines to get links or other sites  Email or postal site that can be verified  Read author bios or “about us” links  Check professional directories  Check site verification
  4. 4. ACCURACY error free and reliable information Questions to ask: • Does the information appear to contain a minimum amount of bias? • Is the information that has been selected designed to sway the reader? • Is there any advertising on this site? What kind? • Who else uses or links to this site?
  5. 5. ACCURACY Clues to look for  Writing that has been thoroughly checked is more likely to be written by someone who has fact-checked their information as well.  More than one person fact-checking is better than one.  Check for a bibliography (paper trail) Check information against other sources.
  6. 6. OBJECTIVITY free of information/opinions based on emotion and prejudice Questions to ask: • Is the information free from grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors? • Is there a person in a higher-up position such as an editor who has checked the work before it has been published to the Internet? • Can you cross-check the information with other sources?
  7. 7. OBJECTIVITY Clues to look for  Check whether you can detect emotion in the information or the way it is presented. (bias)  What is present in the article and what is missing?  Advertising may cause a conflict of interest or it may boost credibility.  Do a check to see who has put this site in their own links. or Type in the search window: Link (space) all or part of url
  8. 8. CURRENCY how recent the information is and its usefulness to the present Questions to ask: • Is the page dated? • When was the page last updated? • How current are the links?
  9. 9. CURRENCY Clues to look for  Check at top of article or bottom of page. (no real accurate way to do this anymore since pages are dynamic)  Check for a revision date.  Links that lead to expired pages mean the site hasn’t been updated or checked on regularly.
  10. 10. COVERAGE the extent to which the information has been thoroughly examined and presented Questions to ask: • How in depth is the information? • Has anything been left out? • How much of the information has been published?
  11. 11. COVERAGE Clues to look for Look for an index or site map, archives. Are there references to other resources for getting the complete works?