Three criteria for scrutinzing web sites
1. Authorship & Authority
- Is the page's author clearly identified?
- What credentials does the author have?
- Can the author or organization hosting the page be contacted?
2. Accuracy & Currency
- Does the author back up claims appropriately?
- Does the author cite/credit the works of others mentioned in the page?
- If currency is important, when was the content created or last updated?
3. Objectivity & Coverage
- Why was this page written and for whom?
- Noting the domain name's suffix can help you put the page/document in its context,
for example .edu, .gov, .org, .net, or .com can mean different aims or biases.
- Is the page adequately comprehensive? If not, does the author provide leads to other sources?
Adapted from: Jim Kapoun's chart, which appeares in his article "Teaching Undergrads Web Evaluation: a Guide for Library Instruction." College and Research Libraries News 59, no. 7 (July/August 1998).
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