PLUG-INs A Student’s Guide to Information Literacy . QUESTIONS ABOUT WEBSITES. Websites from the Internet can be fast and easy to use. But, how do you know if the information is good, accurate and reliable ?. How do you know if the information is rubbish?.
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But, how do you know if the information is good, accurate and reliable ?
How do you know if the information is rubbish?
So, you must
be careful and think critically about the websites you find.
Here are some questions at ask yourself.
First, who runs or owns the she chooses.site ?
of an organization
might be misleading.
Maybe it looks like an educational site. But, really it is an online store.
It might be
a company or an organization.
For example, she chooses.
you find a site called
“The Truth About the Earth” run by “Scientists for Earth Study.”
But when you read, the writers say the Earth is flat.
this site is a joke.
Or, maybe it is written by unscientific, crazy people.
Next, ask yourself, who she chooses.pays for the site?
Look for “About Us”
or “About this site.”
It may be a company or business, a college or a government organization.
Look at the URL suffix. This can tell you something about who runs and pays for a site.
means the site is commercial or owned by a company.
means that site is run by an educational institution.
. who runs and pays for a site.gov
means the site is run by the government
means the site
is run by an organization, sometimes non-profit but not always.
means the site is part of a commercial network.
. who runs and pays for a site.ae
means the site
is from the UAE.
There are many
2-letter country codes. They are called ccTLD.
You can know what country a website is from.
Next ask yourself, what who runs and pays for a site.is the purpose
of the site ?
Is it only
to give information
or to sell something ?
Is the site “honest” about the purpose or does it try to trick you ?
Are there who runs and pays for a site.advertisements or sponsored links ?
are not always bad. Somebody has to pay for a website even if the purpose is educational.
Is it clear
what is an advertisement
and what is content?
Are there links to who runs and pays for a site.
Are the links online stores?
Are the links to references, citations or sources of the information ?
This is a feature of
a good site.
Where does the info come from ? who runs and pays for a site.
Is it based on scientific research? Is it from a university or government agency?
Or, is the info based on personal opinion only ?
Are the authors experts who runs and pays for a site.in the subject or people with no special training or education?
Look to see if the authors have educational degrees, professional memberships and certifications.
Is the information biased or prejudiced ? who runs and pays for a site.
Does the language seem emotional, not logical ?
Are there unbelievable claims ?
Is there only 1 side of the story ?
Or, did the author invent them ?
Can you check the information ?
Is the information reviewed by experts before posting ?
What is the date of the page ? figures ?
How often is the page updated?
How current or new is the info ?
If you see no date on the page, maybe the page is not a good one.
What will they do with your personal information ? Will they sell it to marketers ?
Do you need
to register or
sign up to see information ?
There are figures ?
so many questions to ask yourself about websites.
But, it is important to take time to do this.
Otherwise, you may waste your time if information from a website is rubbish.
I hope this helps you understand how to tell a good website from a bad website.
teacher or your friendly librarian if you have any questions.
Thank you for listening. from a bad website.
HAPPY READING !