Year of Publication
Is the information out of date?
|Question to Ask||Why Is It Important?||Where to Find|
|When was the material published?||For some topics, (i.e. science and medicine), you usually need the most recent information. For example, if you are researching current treatments for diabetes, you don't want a report from 1932.||This information is included where you find the citation and is usually on the copyright page of a book, on the first page of an article, at the front of a periodical, or at the bottom of a Web page.|
|When was the Web site last updated?||For some topics, you may need only current information.||This information should be found on the Web site. If it is not, be extra cautious about using the information on that site.|
- a Web site on U.S. presidential election controversies, that was last updated in August 2000
- an article about the Internet, that focuses on gophers and veronica