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Evaluating Internet Resources otherwise known as… Can I use this in my essay?
Evaluating Internet Resources Authority (who is the author/sponsor?) Accuracy of Content Objectivity (bias) Currency Coverage (how thorough?) Appearance http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalcrit.html
Evaluating Internet Resources Authority (who is the author/sponsor?) The site may be affiliated with a group. Credentials make this person or group an expert. If you cannot determine the source, DO NOT USE! Look at Biography, About us, Contact us; shorten the web address.
Accuracy How reliable is the content? –Use your judgement and look for verification of the information (editor, bibliography, citations). –Make sure the information agrees with what you have found in books, periodicals, and other online sources. Evaluating Internet Resources
Objectivity Be aware of bias. It will determine how you use the website. Does the website clearly explain its purpose?
Evaluating Internet Resources Currency When was it updated? –Undated factual or statistical information is no better than anonymous information. –Make sure the page has been updated recently. –Try a few links to make sure they are still active.
Evaluating Internet Resources Coverage (how thorough?) Is it well-written and easy to understand? Is the material as in-depth as you need? Does the site have a variety of resources / information?
Evaluating Internet Resources Appearance ( what does it look like? ) Are there more than three errors (spelling or grammar)? Is the site difficult to view, read, and navigate? If the webmaster doesnt proofread or make the site easy to use, they may not care about the information they put on it…MOVE ON!
Questionable Sites California's Velcro Crop under Challenge http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html The Battle of the Bulge http://helios.acomp.usf.edu/~dsargent/bestbulge2.htm The White House http://whitehouse.net