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Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating Web Sites


The internet contains a multitude of worthy information, but also contains unaccredited information that can be misleading. Books contained within a library are credited by scholars and publishers, whereas information on the internet is not verified for accuracy.  

Authorship

The most important concept when deciding whether information on the internet is credible is determining who wrote the information. The name of the author is typically located at the top or bottom of the page. After finding the author, quickly search this person on the internet to see what other types of works he or she has published or written. These tips should help you to evaluate whether what this person has written is credible and trustworthy.

Sponsorship/Publishing

Look at the domain name that is hosting the information on the website. For what purpose is the website posting the information? Is the website trying to make a profit or is it providing impartial information to its viewers? Determining the sponsorship of the website also will aid you in deciding whether the information is swayed toward the company.

Accuracy

Check the websites that you are using for accuracy. They should contain bibliographical notes or references that show the source where the author got that information. In addition, if the page contains many grammatical and spelling errors, then probably the information may not be truthful or accurate.

Timeliness

Usually, internet articles contain the date they were written and the date when they were most recently updated. This information typically can be found at the bottom of the website home page. More recent information is generally more accurate because it is newer. For example, information about computer security in the late 1990's will not be as accurate as information about computer security today.

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