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Evaluating Web Resources (Flanagan)  

Last Updated: Oct 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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The Web contains a vast amount of information, delivered in the form of Web pages, research resources, blogs, multimedia, and more.

How can you tell if you can trust the content?

This guide will help you ask questions to evaluate Web content and to identify the type of site you are visiting.

 Selected text with permission from Trudi Jacobson


General Tips for Evaluating Web Content

Think about the level of information you need:  are you writing a research paper, looking for a news update, or finding info for entertainment?

Think about the depth of information you need:  are you researching a two-page or a ten-page paper, preparing for a speech, or finding a quick fact for a project?

Think about the relevance of the information:  does the information match your research need?

Try to determine the author or source of the content:  sometimes you can find author information by searching the author in library databases or by using Google.  Does the author have expertise in the area?  Is there an “About” link on the page that tells you more about the author or source of the content?   


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