Evaluating Web Sites
Just as we dont believe everything we read in the newspapers or see on TV, we shouldn't believe everything we retrieve on the Internet.
There are five basic criteria that we can use to evaluate Internet sites: accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, & coverage. They are very similar to the criteria used for evaluating other resources.
Almost anyone can publish a web site, and there are currently no standards governing content. Here are some questions to ask when checking for the accuracy of a site.
Because publishing on the Web is so easy, determining the authors expertise is essential. Ask yourself the following questions to determine the authors credibility.
Any published source, print or non-print, is rarely 100% objective. Determining the authors point of view or bias is very important when evaluating a web site. Remember, the Internet has become a highly popular arena for all types of publishing.
The currency of the information posted on a web site is extremely important to its overall value. With certain topics, the subject matter may affect the need for highly current information. Ask the following questions:
The last criteria to consider is coverage. This may be difficult to determine, because the nature of a site's coverage may differ from that of a print resource. However, you should examine these points.
Remember: Evaluating and understanding information is as important as locating it!