Evaluating Web Sites
It is very important to evaluate any source that you use for research. It is especially important to evaluate web sites that you use for research. WHY? Because there is no one checking the reliablity of what's on the Internet. Anyone can put ANYTHING on the Internet.
There is a lot of very good information available on the Internet. There is also a lot information that's not appropriate for college research.
YOU have to be able to tell the difference!
Here's how to evaluate web pages for your research:
1. Find out who the AUTHOR of the web page is.
2. Find out what COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION sponsors/publishes the web page.
3. Look for a LIST OF SOURCES the author of the web page used in his or her own research. This may also be called a "bibliography" or "references" or "sources cited," and will usually be found at the end of the page. If there is a list of sources, are they good/trustworthy?
4. Try to determine the PURPOSE of the web page. Is it trying to educate you, entertain you, sell you something, or convince you of something?
5. Look at the ACCURACY of the web page.
-It is not always easy to know
if the information on a web page is correct, so compare the information on
the web page with information you have found from other sources, such as
encyclopedias, books, and magazine and newspaper articles.
-This means web pages should be the LAST place you look for information for your research!
-Also look at the accuracy of the web page's grammar and spelling. If the author was not careful to make sure the grammar and spelling were correct, the author may not have made sure the information was correct either.