Evaluating Websites

Information Literacy Module IV: Evaluating Information

Evaluating the information provided by a website is a lot like evaluating the information provided by a print source. You’ll want to consider the source’s focus, scope, purpose, audience and readability. In addition, however, you’ll want to ask yourself these questions:

  • “Is this website as good as if not better than my print sources?”
  • “Does it provide something important that I can’t get from any of my print sources?”
  • “Do I trust it?”  (Authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, content)
Guiding Your Research
Evaluate the content of the two websites you just found (the good one and the not-so-good one). Create lists or a chart contrasting the two sources according to three to five of the criteria listed above.

 

 

 

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