Google and other research engines are frequently the first place that
people look for information. The internet provides useful, current
and interesting information as well as very biased, inaccurate or
The following criteria may help you determine whether to use a specific
web site for information.
||What to Evaluate
- Look at the URL and determine
the type of domain (.com, .edu, .gov, .org, etc.).
- Identify who created the site; this information may or may not be listed on
- Find the author's or publisher's credentials; this information may or
may not be listed on the website. On many websites, the section called
'About Us' will provide this information.
- Consider the purpose of the site.
- Find out when the site was created and how frequently it is updated. Check
to see when was it last updated. Older information may or may not be
useful to you.
- Determine if the website provides unbiased information and/or covers
cover more than one side of the topic.
- Try to evaluate if the information factual or opinion.
whether the information can be verified elsewhere. Wikipedia is an
example of an informational website that you might use if you can
verify the data or facts in another reliable source.
Sometimes you will have to look beyond the first page to evaluate the
accuracy of websites. One way to check the source of a web
page is to remove all the letters and numbers to the right
of the domain ending; then consider what organization is
sponsoring the web page.
Main point: Read carefully through a website before using any information.