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Evaluating Internet Resources. By Amy V. Cummings Library Media Specialist. What are the signs that a Web site is not reliable?. Bias Inappropriate Material Dated Information Inaccurate Information Grammatical and Typographical Errors. How do you determine if a site is acceptable?.

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Evaluating internet resources

Evaluating Internet Resources

By Amy V. Cummings

Library Media Specialist


What are the signs that a web site is not reliable
What are the signs that a Web site is not reliable?

  • Bias

  • Inappropriate Material

  • Dated Information

  • Inaccurate Information

  • Grammatical and Typographical Errors


How do you determine if a site is acceptable
How do you determine if a site is acceptable?

  • Who is responsible for the page? Look for links such as “about this site.”

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • What is it? Is it someone’s school project, short story, advertisement, or personal site? (.gov, .edu, .org?)

  • How thoroughly is the topic covered?

  • Are references or a bibliography given to credit the information on the site?

  • When was the site last updated?


Examples of what you should avoid
Examples of what you should avoid:

  • http://members.aol.com/mhirotsu/kevin/trip2.html The site is visually distracting and there are no links to check authorship.

  • http://www.comparativereligion.com At first this looks like a comprehensive site, but it’s actually written from one point of view.

  • http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus.html It looks reputable, but it is deceptive to the unsuspecting and inexperienced.


Examples of good sites
Examples of good sites:

  • http://www.mrdowling.com Although it is privately created and maintained, the information is accurate, often updated, and contact information is provided.

  • http://www.cdc.gov Government sites are usually safe sources of accurate information and reliable statistics.

  • http://www.chemicalelements.com It is easy to see who is responsible for this excellent site.


Resources for further study
Resources for further study:

  • WebQuest about evaluating Web sites by Joyce Valenza http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/evalwebstu.html

  • University at Albany Libraries “Evaluating Internet Resources” http://library.albany.edu/internet/evaluate.html

  • Kathy Schrock’s Critical Evaluation Information http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/eval.html

  • Lake Forest College Library “Evaluating Web Sites” http://www.lib.lfc.edu/internetsearch/evalweb.html