Evaluating Internet Information
The internet provides useful, current
and interesting information as well as very biased, inaccurate or
incomplete information. The following criteria may help you determine whether to use a specific
web site for information.
* 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
the website. * 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.* Consider
whether the information can be verified elsewhere.