The Great and Wonderful Internet!
We all love the Internet. It is accessible, convenient and fast. Though the Internet provides a lot of information on almost anything you can think of, it may not be quite so easy to verify and evaluate that information. If you are going to use the Internet as your main source for information, beware! Remember, anyone can publish information on the Internet.
How do you know when the Internet is a good choice for information? Consider these questions:
- Are you sacrificing quality for convenience? If you answer yes, you weigh the risks
- Is the information more current than other sources? If you answer no, what is its value to you?
- Is the information more authoritative than other sources? If you answer no, what is its value to you?
- Is the information more reliable than other sources? If you answer no, what is its value to you?
- Does the information provide unique coverage of your topic? If you answer no, what is its value to you?
From KY Virtual Library http://www.kyvl.org/html/tutorial/research/index.html
Evaluate These Websites
Click on the links to websites below. Take a look at each website. Use the following criteria to evaluate the sites.
Who is the author? Are they reputable?
Who is the audience? Is the information biased?
Is the information true? Can you find this information elsewhere?
When was the site last updated?
Would you use these sites as sources for a research paper?