Evaluating Web Sources
Special considerations for Web sites
Evaluating all sources used in research is essential, but there are some special guidelines you should follow when evaluating Web sites:
|Question to Ask||Why Is It Important?||Where to Find It?|
|Who wrote the document?||Your source should be reliable.||On the Web page|
|On whose Web site does the document appear?||If the organization is biased or has an agenda, you need to scrutinize the material very carefully.||Ask a reference librarian for help locating information on organizations.|
|Can you verify the information elsewhere?||You want information that can be verified in more than one source.||Look at other sources; If a Web site states that a cure for diabetes has been found, you should be able to find that same information in another source.|
|When was the page last updated?||Currency of information is essential for some topics such as science and medicine. If you are doing research on current treatments for diabetes, you want current information.||On the Web page.|
- The Web site on treatments for diabetes was last updated in 1997.
- You find a Web site stating the United States has declared war on Canada, but you cannot find any information in any other news source verifying the fact.
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