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Borderland and the Environment: Websites

Evaluation of Websites

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Evaluating Websites

Critically review the Web site with the following questions in mind:

 Authority:

 

  • Who is the author(s)/Publisher or sponsor(s) of the site? What are their qualifications?
  • What are the author's credentials or oganizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic
  • Is the information documented?

Accuracy:

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Currency:

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of-date for your topic?
  • If it is a webpage are the links functional?

Relevance:

  • Does the information relate to your topic and assignment?
  • Who is the intented audience?
  • Is the information at an appropiate level (i.e. no too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before etermining this is one you will use?

Objetivity:

  • What is the purpose of the information? To inform? Teach? Sell? Entertain? Persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact? Opinion? Propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objecive and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

REMEMBER - not all information found on the Web is useful for college research!

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