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Evaluate the Information

 

REMEMBER: the Web is a self-publishing medium. That means anyone in the world can publish a web site. So when you're using a web site for research, look for:

  1. Purpose - What is it? Web-only page, journal article, government publication, product sales pitch? Who is the audience and what is the goal of the site?
  2. Authorship/source - Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
  3. Content - depth/comprehensiveness of information, accuracy, currency
  4. Design and usability - clean, logical, easy to use

 

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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.