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    Introduction to the Library

    You might want to sit down for this. It's kind of an emotional tour de force.


    Evaluating Internet Sources

    "I'll give you a few tips to evaluate websites so you... avoid the bad sources that will make you look like a total loser in front of the peeps." Silly, but not bad, not bad at all.


    Internet Sources - Ask These Questions

    When evaulating Internet sources, ask yourself the following questions.

    Source and Authority 

    • Can you easily identify who wrote the information and their credentials? 

    • What more can you learn about the author or institution affiliated with the 

    page? Look for a biography or “about us” section.  

    • Can the information be verified through its bibliography or footnotes? 

    • If online, what does the domain or URL tell you about the authority 

    and interests of the source of the information? (.gov, .edu, .org, .com, etc.)  

    Scope and Content 

    • What is the scope or coverage of the information: Is it brief or in depth? 

    • Is it written for a popular audience or is it more technical and scholarly? 

    Purpose and Relevance 

    • Is it written to inform, explain, or persuade? 

    • Can you discover any bias to the perspective of the author?  

    • Does it relate well to information you found in other works?  

    Timeliness and Accuracy 

    • When was the information created or last revised?  

    • Is it up-to-date and accurate? 

    • Overall, is the information valid and current for the given topic? 


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