Evaluating Web Resources
When using resources from the web, it's important to examine the sources critically to be sure it is a credible source. Utilize the following standards to evaluate the resources you encounter during your research.
Currency: When was the information published? Has the information been updated or revised? Is the information current?
Relevancy: Is the source content related to your topic? Who is the intended audience?
Authority: Who wrote the content? Are the author's credentials and affiliations stated? Who published the content? Does the URL reveal anything about the author or the source? Examples: .edu (educational institution), .org (non-profit organization), .com (commercial enterprise), .gov (U.S. Goverment), etc.
Accuracy: Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been reviewed? Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
Purpose: Do the author(s) make their intentions clear? Is the information fact, opinion, propoganda? Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
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