Evaluating Internet Resources: A checklist
Unlike most print resources such as magazines, journals, and books that go through a filtering process (e.g. editing, peer review, library selection), information on the Internet is mostly unfiltered. So using and citing this information in a report and is a little like swimming without a lifeguard (BEWARE!). The following guide provides a starting point for evaluating World Wide Web sites and other Internet information.
|Who is the author of the piece?|
|Is the author the original creator of the information?|
|Does the author list his or her occupation, years of experience, position, education, or other credentials?|
|What institution (company, organization, government, university, etc.) or Internet provider supports this information?|
If it is a commercial Internet provider, does the author appear to have any connection with a larger institution?
Does the institution appear to exercise quality control over the information appearing under its name?
Does the authors affiliation with this particular institution appear to bias the information?
|When was the information created or last updated? (most good pages list this information near the bottom of the main page)|
What appears to be the purpose for this information?
Who is the intended audience?
Compared to what?
What does this work/site offer compared to other works, including non-Internet works?
Given all the information you determined from above, is this Internet site appropriate to use as a source of reliable information?