Computer Science 311 - Harnick-Shapiro: Evaluate Websites
* Is the author an authority or expert?
* What is the author's agenda?
* Is the website selling products?
* Is evidence used to support facts?
* Is the information current?
* Do you think the information is correct?
Start Here Evaluating Websites
1st, start with...ABOUT
See the ABOUT link on a website. It lists the website's purpose and/or the author(s).
- American Society for Information Science & Technology ABOUT
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) ABOUT
2nd, look at... AUTHORS
- Quality websites list author(s). Author(s) are a person, a group, organization, company, or govt. agency.
- Websites with no authors are anonymous and anonymous websites are not used in research.
- Company websites are advertisements and should be treated as such. General Mills History
- Harry Chandler Be skeptical about biographical information found in Wikipedia.
- Food Timeline See about link for details. Not college-level (awarded Great Websites for Children)
- Exercise & Stress, Mayo Clinic This contains patient advice, not college-level research information.
- PubMed this database that stores international medical research, is college-level and authoritative.
IN CONCLUSION: Become a snob when you do research on the Internet. Evaluate all websites. Use information that is college-level, identify bias, look for the author(s) credentials, and do not cite suspect or low-quality websites.