Accuracy/ Reliability How reliable is the information? Can you verify the information? Does it match reality? Are sources cited?
Accuracy/ Reliability Cont’d Why was the page put on the web? (Inform, Explain, Persuade, Sell, Entice, Share, Disclose, Other) Possibly ironic? Satire or parody?
AUTHORITY Who is the author? Why is he or she an expert? (experience? Education?) Is this a personal page? (Clues: ~ tilde, %, users, members) Is it part of a major institution? Is the page hosted by a free server like AOL Members, Tripod, Geocities?
Look for credibility clues! Words and phrases to look for: About us, Who Am I, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, HomeAbout us, Who Am I, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, Home Search for the author in a search engine or online databaseSearch for the author in a search engine or online database Ask your teacher-librarian for helpAsk your teacher-librarian for help
Truncate the URL Delete characters in the address line up to the next slash mark to see if a main page offers more information about who is responsible for publishing the page you are interested in. Go from: 3/BTstudents2003_files%5CPlague2003.ht m TO
What do their URLs reveal about these sites?
Authority Cont’d Look at the Domain .edu.com.gov.org.mil Can you get in touch with them?
Objectivity Is the information biased? Was information omitted? Is only one side of the issue presented?
Currency Look for dates First written First published Last revised Is your topic time sensitive? Are the links up to date? Be suspicious of undated material.
Organization Is it easy to use? Can you find information easily? Is it organized?
So, why should we care about all of this?
There are bigger questions in life! You will be using information to make important decisions! Which car should I buy?Which car should I buy? Which doctor should I choose?Which doctor should I choose? Should my child have this surgery?Should my child have this surgery? Should I take this medication?Should I take this medication? You want to be able to ensure the information you choose is reliable, credible, current, balanced, relevant, and accurate! You want to be able to ensure the information you choose is reliable, credible, current, balanced, relevant, and accurate!
Use Trusted Websites such as: BCPS Databases BCPS Databases When in doubt contact the Better Business Bureau. Don’t get scammed!!
Now that I’ve found a site… Look for the criteria to judge the website. Determine if the site is useful to you.