Before a book reaches the library's reference collection or an article is published in a scholarly journal, the content goes through a lengthy editorial/review process. This is not always so with information found on the web. Use the Quick Checklist below to evaluate information you find on the internet.

Quick Checklist

The greater number of questions that can be answered with a YES, the more likely the site has reliable/accurate content.

Authority

Objectivity

Accuracy

Currency

Coverage

Domain Clues

The Domain name within the website's Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can provide clues to the reliability or possible bias of a website. The URL can be found in the "Address" bar in your browser. The most commonly used domains are:

Type
Advocacy
Business/Marketing
News
Informational
Purpose
influence pubic opinion,sell ideas
sell or promote products
provide extremely current information
present factual information
Domain (often)
.org
.com
.com
.edu or .gov

For an in-depth look at evaluating internet sources, see: Alexander, Jan and Marsha Tate. Evaluating Web Resources. Available online: http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/659/

The Desire Project. The Internet Detective an interactive tutorial on evaluating the quality of Internet resources. Available online: http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/brief.html

Last Updated 08/08

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