6Accuracy/ Reliability How reliable is the information?Can you verify the information?Does it match reality?Are sources cited?
7Accuracy/ Reliability Cont’d Why was the page put on the web?(Inform, Explain, Persuade, Sell, Entice, Share, Disclose, Other)Possibly ironic? Satire or parody?
8AUTHORITY 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?You discover an author has a Ph.D. Do you need to investigate any further? What if her degree is in physics and the website she wrote is on Shakespeare?Is everything on Geocities bad? Would your teacher question you citing a source that resided on a free server? Who might have a site with a ~ at a university?
9Look for credibility clues! Words and phrases to look for:About us, Who Am I, FAQs, For More, Company Information, Profiles, Our Staff, HomeSearch for the author in a search engine or online databaseAsk your teacher-librarian for helpClues often appear on the top or bottom of a page, or in menu bars and frames. These sections often contain authorship clues!
10Truncate the URLDelete 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 mTO
11What do their URLs reveal about these sites? These are not working URLS! Use them as examples for analysis only.
12Authority Cont’d Look at the Domain Can you get in touch with them? .edu .com .gov .org .milCan you get in touch with them?
13Objectivity Is the information biased? Was information omitted? Is only one side of the issue presented?
14Currency 1988 2005 Look for dates First written First published Last revisedIs your topic time sensitive?Are the links up to date?Be suspicious of undated material.2005
15Organization Is it easy to use? Can you find information easily? Is it organized?
17There are bigger questions in life There are bigger questions in life! You will be using information to make important decisions!Which car should I buy?Which doctor should I choose?Should my child have this surgery?Should I take this medication?You want to be able to ensure the information you choose is reliable, credible, current, balanced, relevant, and accurate!
18Use Trusted Websites such as: BCPS DatabasesWhen in doubt contact the Better Business Bureau. Don’t get scammed!!
19Now that I’ve found a site… Look for the criteria to judge the website.Determine if the site is useful to you.