How to find appropriate information from the Internet?
How to evaluate a website
The Internet is a huge, self-publishing resource. It can be a very
fast and effective tool for information and communication. However, "finding a needle in a haystack" requires know-how and critical thinking skills. To better understand
how to conduct research using the internet, consult the following introductory tutorial video:
Who is the author/producer?
Is it clear who is responsible for the contents
of the page?
Is there a link to a page describing the goals of
Are contact names & addresses given?
Is there a statement of copyright?
Why was the page created?
How complete is the information provided?
What is the relative value of this site in comparison
Is there a reference note, so the sources for any
factual information can be verified in another source?
When was the site produced?
When was it last revised?
Do links work?
Are there any other indications that the material
is kept current?
Is the information free of advertising?
Is the information provided as a public service?
Is bias evident?
If there is advertising on the page, is it clearly
Is it clear what topics the page intends to address?
Is the page succeed in addressing these topics,
something significant been left out?
Is there an indication that the page has been completed?
If there is a print equivalent to the Web page,
is there a clear
of whether the entire work is available on the Web