The volume of information on the Internet is enormous, with few
controls governing its accuracy or reliability. Anyone can publish anything on
the Internet. Simply because information exists on the Internet or World Wide
Web does not mean you should use it as a reference source, so it is important
that you analyze the material.
Here are a few questions you should ask
when evaluating information found on the Internet.
||QUESTIONS FOR EVALUATING INTERNET SOURCES|
- What group or organization is responsible for the page?
domain name can provide clues
.edu = four-year educational institution
.gov = governmental
.com = commercial entity/for-profit
.mil = United States military
- Who is the author of the page?
- What are his or her credentials?
- Is there a contact address and phone number?
- Are the sources for any factual information clearly
- Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and other
- Is the information free of advertising?
- If there is advertising on the page, is it clearly marked
- Is the author promoting a particular point-of-view?
- Are there dates to show when the page was first placed on the Web
and when it was last revised?
- Are the links up-to-date?
- Is the page completed or still under construction?
To help you
assess Internet resources, we have created two evaluation sheets:
- A basic
evaluation asks general questions about your Internet resource
- A detailed
evaluation asks more specific questions about your Internet resource,
including its use of charts or graphs
Delores Carlito, Reference Librarian for Instruction and Outreach
Updated 7/12; Created 7/02