Basic Website Evaluation
There are 5 basic criteria for evaluating any website
you come across on the Internet:
- Accuracy: Who wrote the page? Can you
contact him/her? Does the author list his/her qualifications?
- Authority: Who actually published the
document (different from the Webmaster)? What is the URL domain: .edu,
.org, .gov, .com?
- Objectivity: What facts or opinions are
being expressed by the author?
- Currency: When was the page produced or last
updated? Are there broken or outdated links?
- Coverage: Are there further web links
evaluated? Is information correctly cited? Is there a balance of text
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.