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Critically about WWW Resources
A MUST READ
Research on the Net
Evaluating the information you find on the internet is a critical skill. Anyone can create a homepage on any topic, there are no safeguards in place guaranteeing subject expertise or accuracy in statistics or preventing deliberate misinformation. While few people intend to mislead information can be misused.
Some Questions To Ask
- Is the author clearly identified?
- Is the author's expertise or authority to write on this topic known?
- Does the document show the author to have an association with an organization, group or company which might be sponsoring the information?
- How did you find the information; reference from an authoritative source or by
- Despite the author's affiliations is the work a personal effort or on behalf of the organization?
- Does the URL provide any information on the origin of the document? .EDU, .GOV, .ORG, .COM, etc all have implications for the authority and accuracy.
-The tilde symbol and 'name' [~jonesb] often identifies a personal homepage.
- Is the information presented clearly and accurately without resort to emotional
- Does the information appear to be objective and can the objectivity be documented through reference to authoritative works or research? Check the quality of links identified.
- Is the information current?
- What is the objective of the overall work? Is there a point-of-view or bias which distorts objectivity or is the purpose to sell you a product or a service?
COMMON SENSE. If you have suspicions about the quality of the work and can't satisfy those suspicions by what you see and find, don't use the work.