WHY SHOULD I EVALUATE MY RESOURCES?
Most printed resources (books, journal articles, etc.) have already gone through a process of evaluation by editors, publishers, peers (other researchers), and librarians before they are available for use in the library. The Internet has opened up the publishing world to virtually everyone both to publish and to access. Before using the information found on a web site, it is important to evaluate the credibility of the information source.
Web Sites serve a variety of purposes:
Entertainment Information Instruction Business Personal Opinion
Sometimes the internet address, specifically the domain, can provide information on the site’s purpose:
.com Business or commercial site
.net Network organization or an Internet service provider
.edu Higher education institution
.gov Federal government site
.in.us State government site, this may include public schools & public libraries
.uk United Kingdom \ A site originating in another
.au Australia / country as indicated by the 2 letter code
~ The tilde often indicates a personal page.
Authority – Who is the Author?
Accuracy/Bias – Is the Information accurate and objective?