Evaluating Websites

Basic Website Evaluation

There are 5 basic criteria for evaluating any website you come across on the Internet:

  1. Accuracy: Who wrote the page? Can you contact him/her? Does the author list his/her qualifications?
  2. Authority: Who actually published the document (different from the Webmaster)? What is the URL domain: .edu, .org, .gov, .com?
  3. Objectivity: What facts or opinions are being expressed by the author?
  4. Currency: When was the page produced or last updated? Are there broken or outdated links?
  5. Coverage: Are there further web links evaluated? Is information correctly cited? Is there a balance of text and images?

Using Google and Wikipedia

Why can’t I just use Google or Wikipedia?

Using www.google.com will not allow you to access the scholarly articles in GALILEO. You can, however, use Google Scholar to find scholarly articles by clicking this link or logging into GALILEO and searching under “Databases A-Z.”

Citation of Wikipedia in research papers may not be considered acceptable, because Wikipedia is not considered a credible source. When researching online:

  • Do your research properly. Remember that any encyclopedia is a starting point for research, not an ending point.
  • Use your judgment. Remember that all sources have to be evaluated.

 

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