Evaluating Internet Resources
- Anyone can have a web page, no expertise is required
- Few evaluation sources of pages
- Deliberate disinformation or inadvertent errors
- Is the author clearly identified?
- Is the authorís expertise known?
- Is the authorís work a publication of an association/organization?
- Was the document found by accident or linked to in a reputable source?
- Personal viewpoint or professional work? Often difficult to know.
- The URL (such as .com, .gov, .edu, .~) may give a clue.
- Is it clear and accurate or does it try to conceal?
- Is the presentation emotional or logical?
- Is the information documented? I.E., can it be checked?
- Is the information current?
- Check the links for their type and quality.
- What is the purpose of the work? Is bias or distortion evident?
- If you have suspicions about the quality of the work then CHECK IT OUT or DON'T USE IT!