Scales with computersJudging What You Find

 

You can learn to judge for yourself the quality of the material you find. Keep in mind these questions:

Accuracy

Does the information presented seem accurate? Are the facts verifiable?

Authority

Who is the author? What expertise does he or she have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.

Objectivity

What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?

Currency

On what date was the page created or updated? Do you need more current information? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?

Use

Would you quote information from this site in a class assignment? Is this information appropriate for your needs: recreation, school assignment, personal health or financial purposes?

 

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