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Evaluating Websites for Research. Part 1 : Identifying the Author. I will be able to identify the author’s name on a web page. . Student Objective #1.

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Evaluating Websites for Research

Part 1 : Identifying the Author


In a world of information overload, it is vital for students to be able to find information on the Web, as well as to determine its validity and appropriateness.  The information you find may vary in reliability and quality: it can be very useful and reliable, very bad or directly misleading. Keep in mind that everyone can publish information on the Internet. This means it is your job to evaluate the quality and reliability of what you find, and whether it fits your needs.


Knowing how to effectively and efficiently find accurate information is a skill that will enable you to make informed decisions.

Why is this skill necessary in life?


A good way to start evaluating websites is to see if you can identify the following:

• author’s name• author’s title or position• author’s contact information

other criteria for evaluating sources

scope of the information need


type of publication

primary or secondary sources


point of view

level of difficulty

purpose of your product (inform, persuade, entertain) related to the content and audience.

Other criteria for evaluating sources
how do i evaluate the author

Hold a degree in this subject

Study or do research on this topic

Work in a related field

Write about this topic regularly

Have first-hand knowledge

Have participated in, or observed, events and people

The author's expertise and credentials should relate to your subject. A credible contributor might:

How do I evaluate the author?

Who is the Author?

Ask yourself: Why would this author or organization publish this information?

Read the "About" page.

Can you find contact information?