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Strategies for locating and evaluating information on the open web.
Last Updated: Jan 5, 2015 URL: Print Guide

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Evaluating Internet Resources

Five points to consider when looking at a web page:

  1. Accuracy of Web Resources
    • Almost anyone can publish on the Web
    • Most Web resources not verified by editors and/or fact checkers
    • Web standards to ensure accuracy have yet to be fully developed

  2. Authority of Web Resources
    • Often difficult to determine authorship of Web sources
    • If author's name is listed, his/her qualifications frequently absent
    • Publisher responsibility often not indicated

  3. Objectivity of Web Resources
    • Goals/aims of persons or groups presenting material often not clearly stated
    • Web often functions as a virtual soapbox

  4. Currency of Web Resources
    • Dates not always included on Web pages
    • If included, a date may have various meanings:
      • Date information first written
      • Date information placed on Web
      • Date information last revised

  5. Coverage of Web Resources
    • Web coverage may differ from print coverage
    • Often hard to determine extent of Web coverage

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