Use this guide to learn how to evaluate information you find on the internet. Adapted from the McHenry County College Library http://goo.gl/gL5ud, Georgia Gwinnett College http://goo.gl/YtYuq, and the Georgia Perimeter College RSCH 1203 textbook.
Authority - does the author know what he or she is writing about?
Accuracy - is your source correct about the facts?
Currency - how old is the information, and how does that matter to your research?
Point of View - is there a bias?
Relevance - is this information on your topic?
Substance - is the information written at a level appropriate for college research?
Evaluating Web Resources
There is a lot of information out there on the web, some which will be useful to you when working on assignments. . . but is it accurate and reliable? Is it appropriate for your topic? You will have to determine that for yourself, and this research guide can help.
Refer to pages 67-68 in the Research 1203 textbook for a list of questions you can ask in order to determine if the information you have is reliable and useful for your purposes. This list is only a beginning; different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. Navigate using the link at the left side of the page to examine different aspects of website evaluation. If you need help, you can chat with your friendly GSU librarians using the Ask A Librarian link at the top of each page.
So, what are you waiting for? Is your website credible and useful, or should you throw it back to the web?